When you use toolbar buttons or
F12, you’re creating direct formatting, i.e. formatting applied outside the style system.
The case of lists, whether bulleted or numbered, is even worse because lists are formatted with a combination of a paragraph style for text general attributes and a list style (really a bad chosen name) for the bullet/numbering properties.
F12 does not change the paragraph style but merely adds a one-shot instance of the default list style. This default list style has no name and consequently you won’t find it in the side style pane. The default list style is controlled by
Bullets & Numbering.
So, naively, you would think that customising the settings with
Bullets & Numbering and saving the file/template would solve the issue. Unfortunately, no, because for an unknown reason, neither settings of
Bullets & Numbering nor
Chapter Numbering (which is another default list for a different purpose) are saved in user profile, file or template.
As a general rule, never rely on direct formatting. It will play nasty tricks on your back when you expect it the least. Writer is built around ubiquitous styles (paragraph, character, frame, page, list – rule out “table styles” which are not traditional styles but auto-fired macros). Learn how to use them all and how to create your own.
The solution to your question is to craft a paragraph style to be used with lists. Since it is a standard style, it will be saved in your file or template.
I suggest you choose built-in List 1 which needs to be customised. Go to its
Outline & Numbering tab and assign
Bullet • as Numbering style:. Customise Bullet • in the side style pane (click on the fifth icon in the toolbar to display the list styles with a, right-click on the name and
Modify. The dialog is the same as for the default.
When you write a list item, just select the style from the toolbar style menu or assign a keyboard shortcut to it.
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