I'm doing a signage design in Indesign and want to use the CIRCLED DIGIT ONE, CIRCLED DIGIT TWO, etc number glyphs for a numbered list. I'm using Lato Medium.

Setting a custom glyph for a bulleted list is easy, but is it possible to create a style that uses other glyphs in the font set and enumerates them?


Note that I don't want to use another font for the numbering, rather I want to use characters in the Lato Medium font that are part of the extended unicode set of characters.


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I think custom glyphs is the only way. Use Left Indent and a negative First Line Left Indent to insert these glyphs by hand followed by a TAB.

A numbered list in ID only works with Unicodes 0031, 0032, 0033, etc which normally get assigned to the plain 1, 2, 3 characters, including in your Lato Medium font. While the NEGATIVE CIRCLE DIGITS glyphs found in Lato Medium have these Unicodes for 1, 2, 3: 2776, 2777, 2778. To InDesign these are meaningless symbols, not the digits you type via your keyboard keys 1, 2, 3.

On the other hand this font only has 20 NEGATIVE CIRCLE DIGITS, so anything above 20 could not have been displayed anyway via automatic numbering.

lato glyphs enter image description here

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    I noticed the limit but since this just for signage I won't be going above 10. I guess its still not possible though without creating a custom font. Thanks for the workaround with the indents.
    – papirtiger
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 21:48
  • Yeah, well automatic numbering makes sense and saves time for large volumes of text, for signage with up to 10 bullets i guess manually inserting these won't hurt much.
    – Lucian
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 22:03

Yes, you can do this. Create a Paragraph Style for your numbered list. Edit that Paragraph Style and go to the Bullets and Numbering tab.

Bullets and Numbering tab in Indesign

Under Numbering Style, look for Character Style and select New Character Style...

New Character Style dialog in Indesign

In the New Character Style dialog box, select the Basic Character Formats tab and apply the Dingbat Negative font family.

Basic Character Formats dialog in Indesign

Given your edits, the following is one option. It is not perfect and will work best if your work is done and ready for publishing.

  1. Create your list as usual, but when you edit the Paragraph Style and choose Bullets and Numbering, take out the period (so instead of ^#.^t I would put ^#^t).
  2. Select the entire list, right click and choose Convert Numbering to Text.
  3. Cmd-F/Ctrl-F and choose the Glyph tab. Set font to Lato Medium for both the Find Glyph and the Change Glyph.
  4. For Find Glyph ID, choose Unicode and enter 0031. For Change Glyph ID, choose Unicode and enter 2776. Set your Search parameter to Selection (assuming you still have the entire list selected).
  5. Click Find Next. If the correct numbered list glyph is selected (in this case, 1), click Change.
  6. Increment each ID by 1 (Find Glyph ID becomes 0032 and Change Glyph ID becomes 2777).

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you get to the end of your list.

  • I think you missunderstood me. I want to glyphs in the Lato font - not another font - thats easy enough to do.
    – papirtiger
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 20:24
  • I certainly did, since you said, "I ... want to use the DINGBAT NEGATIVE number glyphs for a numbered list."
    – Geoff Ball
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 20:30
  • Ah, sorry they are actually called - CIRCLED DIDGET ONE, ... don't know why I got another name when hovering over the glyph.
    – papirtiger
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 20:33
  • Okay, I just saw your edit. I will amend my answer for one possible solution. Lucian's answer is good and provides another way.
    – Geoff Ball
    Commented Jan 12, 2017 at 21:12

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