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Graphic and Bullet Lists

Can I style my bullets and numbered lists?

The ability to include fancy graphical designs for the 'bullet character' and the number on the start of bullet or numbered lists was introduced in version 8 and can make a significant improvement in the presentation quality of any list.  This feature is not supported in Web Designer Classic.

How do I add my own graphic as a bullet or numbered list?

To design your own bullet or number graphic, just use any of the normal vector editing tools available to draw your bullet. In the case of a number graphic just place a single text item in the right place (typically centered), and group the result. Now just copy this to the clipboard, in the Text Tool when you’re in a bullet or number list, right click and select Paste as list item or Paste as list number The graphic you put on the clipboard will now replace all the bullets or numbers in your list.

Pressing Tab, or using the text indent controls on the InfoBar will indent and produce a new indented sub-list, which can have its own graphic

Can I control the type of numbering and start value of my numbered list?

In the text Tool, right click on a list and select the List Properties... menu to control the type of numbering, and the start number.

Are there any pre-created bullet and numbered lists I can use?

Yes. You will find a selection of bullet and numbered list designs within the Design Gallery within the Graphical Elements > Bullets and numbers folder.

Changes from V12 (2016)

It’s now possible to connect two separate numbered lists so numbering of the second list carries from the last number used of the previous list. This allows you to insert gaps, graphics, other paragraphs in the middle of lists.

In order to connect a list to a previous one, right click on the list and select the menu ‘Numbered List Properties’, which will show this dialog.

Check the ‘Link to previous numbered list’ to link lists. When you do this the lists will take on a common numbering format.

Replace Bullet List Symbol

There’s a new option to replace the graphical symbol used for the bullet character, with any from the Symbol library. Right click on a bullet list and select ‘Replace bullet list symbol’. This will bring up the Symbol library. Here’s an example:

Some symbol fonts, such as the Material Design symbols, have an unusual baseline location, so it’s sometimes necessary to add some baseline shift. You can do this using the ‘select bullets;’ mentioned above and then apply some baseline shift values to the bullet characters only.

A great benefit of using Symbols this way is that they are just characters from a symbol font, and so zoom without quality loss, are resolution independent and look good on high-res devices such as Retina screens.

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