3 Ways to add bullet points in illustrator

Starting myself, I had a hard time finding them which can be frustrating. In this article, I will show you How to add bullet points in Illustrator.

Bullet points are not straightforwardly presented in Adobe Illustrator. There are 3 ways you can add bullet points to your text. The first 2 involve using the ALT on PC or Option key on MAC.

How to Add bullet points in Illustrator using the ALT key

Select the type tool and then click once on the artboard to start typing. Click ALT and 8 number keys simultaneously on PC or Option and ALT on MAC.

The second method is very similar. You will click and hold down ALT or Option Key but instead of 8, click ‘0149’ number keys simultaneously. So the full shortcut is ALT and 0149 on PC and Option and 0149 on MAC.

  1. Open Adobe Illustrator
  2. Select the type of tool
  3. Click on the artboard to start typing your first word in the list
  4. Put your type cursor at the start of the word
  5. Press ALT and number keys ‘0149’ or ALT and 8 simultaneously
  6. For MAC users, follow the same steps but  Press Option and number keys ‘0149’ or Option and 8 simultaneously

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Add bullet points in Illustrator using Type

Many fonts come with special characters that include bullet points. To add them to your work, click on the artboard to start typing and write your first word in the list. Go to Type>Glyphs then choose from the pop-up that comes up.

From the Glyphs Panel, you will notice that when you change the font, different characters come up. This means that different fonts have different bullet types. Experiment and choose the best one for you.

add bullet points in illustrator
  1. Open Adobe Illustrator
  2. Select the type of tool
  3. Click on the artboard to start typing your first word
  4. Put your type cursor at the start of the word
  5. Go to Type>Glyph 
  6. Choose from the pop-up the one you like best by double-clicking.

How to adjust the bullet points

If you want to adjust the distance between the point and the text. Go to Windows>Type>Tabs. A ruler menu appears on top. Select the text and bullet and set the X value to a value of maybe 30.

add bullet points in illustrator

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  1. How can you add bullet points in Illustrator?

    Click on the artboard to start typing your first word
    Put your type cursor at the start of the word
    Go to Type>Glyph 
    Choose from the pop-up the one you like best by double-clicking.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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