Is there a way to create text bullets in illustrator? I'm trying to mimic or recreate something done in PowerPoint. I think I know how to manually create the character (•), but was hoping there was another way of doing this.

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Adobe Illustrator contains no feature which generates bulleted lists automatically.

You can set up your own bullets by using a special character at the beginning of each line, then adding a tab, and subsequently adjusting the tabs for the text.

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    Yup,.. that's exactly what I've been doing.. curious if there was a simpler way... or is this an oversight from adobe? Nov 11, 2014 at 4:24
  • Well Illustrator isn't meant to be used for text-heavy documents. I know it is at times. I don't know I'd call it an "oversight" really.
    – Scott
    Nov 11, 2014 at 4:25
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    I agree that Illustrator is not the tool for that .. indesign probably would be better suited... but with all the character&paragraph properties available in illustrator it seems silly to have left it out.. I still live in hope and happy for someone here to point out that Illustrator is capable of generating bullets Nov 11, 2014 at 5:02
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    Illustrator isn't capable of generating bullets. I know for certain. And despite the text engine, there are many, many things missing.
    – Scott
    Nov 11, 2014 at 5:13
  • Its a artificial differentiator, theres no reason why say illustrator and indesign could not be feature identical. But then why make 2 different software? from business perspective it makes sense, not much elsewhere. Product differentiation and all that.
    – joojaa
    Nov 11, 2014 at 7:44

Hold down the alt key and press 0149 on the numeric keyboard (at the bottom right of your keyboard), when you release the alt key, a bullet should appear in your text.Instead of using illustrator you can head for inDesign.

  • The person very clearly said they're not looking to manually type bullets
    – Ryan
    Nov 11, 2014 at 11:18
  • Thanks Ryan,.. yup,.. I think a few responders are missing the fact that I know how to do this manually or using other programs.. just curious if illustrator itself had this simple option that somehow I missed... thanks Nov 11, 2014 at 22:50

You can press alt+8 to generate bullets

  • for anyone else who is inclined to attempt this out of curiosity, I think glen meant <shift> + <8> to generate asterisks (*), which are hardly bullets...
    – fadelm0
    Feb 14, 2017 at 20:48

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