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is there a shortcut to insert bullet points?

asked 2020-12-09 15:19:33 +0200

michaely gravatar image

? I know you can toggle bullet lists, but im wondering if theres a shortcut to insert a single bullet point?

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It is an RTFM question. So, get a downvote and RTFM: Shortcut Keys for LibreOffice Writer .

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-12-09 15:28:40 +0200 )edit

Why can't we just use RTM? Why is swearing necessary? People of all ages and backgrounds use this site.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2020-12-10 01:55:18 +0200 )edit

Read The Full Manual?

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-12-10 03:57:48 +0200 )edit

@Earnest Al,

Unfortunately the link attached to it makes it clear what is meant - it is not as you state.

Ratslinger gravatar imageRatslinger ( 2020-12-10 04:02:53 +0200 )edit

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answered 2020-12-09 15:33:24 +0200

ajlittoz gravatar image

There is a much better solution than this direct formatting procedure which will play one day or later a nasty trick on your back.

Define a paragraph style linked to a bullet list style. Give it a keyboard shortcut.

To revert to standard text, type Ctrl+0 (zero) to switch back to Text Body paragraph style (which is the "standard" style for text, not Default Paragraph Style as many think).

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Ajlittoz, this is a good suggestion for long run, although kinda overkill if you only need a one-page document with a dozen of list items.

One more thing to add: don’t forget to save your new style(s) in a template to re-use.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-12-09 19:00:10 +0200 )edit

@gabix: I assumed it was to be used in a large document otherwise, as you say, it is overkill. In a one-page document, you just press once on the toolbar button to start the bullet list and once again at the end to stop bullet list. No need of sophisticated trick.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-12-09 19:11:29 +0200 )edit

answered 2020-12-10 03:53:45 +0200

Earnest Al gravatar image

updated 2020-12-10 08:51:36 +0200

Not in a bulleted list? Insert > Special Character... and in the dialog that opens, type in the Search box bullet.

You should get a selection, one of which is • (U+2022), a smaller one is ∙ (U+2219)

Edit (thank you @ajlittoz)

The shortcut is to type U+2022 then press Alt+X

The shortcut is hold the Alt key and type U+2022 then release Alt.

The Autocorrect text that comes pre-populated in my version of LO also has :bullet: so just type that if you can't remember the other shortcut, it might work. Cheers, Al

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@Ernest Al: the Alt depressed-while-typing is Windows-specific. The LO OS-agnostic procedure is: type U+2020 then Alt+X. U+ is optional if there is no prefix ambiguity.

And it can be reversed: Alt+X will reveal the Unicode encoding of the character preceding the cursor.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-12-10 08:12:47 +0200 )edit

You are absolutely correct. I don't know what I was thinking, it gives the wrong result anyway. Thank you

Earnest Al gravatar imageEarnest Al ( 2020-12-10 08:52:40 +0200 )edit

Note: Alt + code in Windows uses, as I remember, decimal codes, while Alt + X in LO expects hexadecimal codes.

By the way, this is, well, a solution, too :-)

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2020-12-10 09:20:01 +0200 )edit
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