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Add Bullet Points in Google Sheets: 4 Easy Methods

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Google Sheets
LAST UPDATED
February 6, 2024
TL;DR

Learn to insert bullet points in Google Sheets using keyboard shortcuts, custom formatting, the CHAR function, or copy-paste.

  • Use keyboard shortcuts ('Alt' + '7' for Windows, 'Option' + 'Shift' + '9' for Mac).
  • Apply custom formatting with '• @' for multiple cells.
  • Insert bullets using the CHAR function for different styles.
  • Copy and paste bullet points directly into cells.

Automate your Google Sheets tasks and enhance productivity with Bardeen. Discover playbooks for seamless integration with task management tools and efficient data handling.

How to Add Bullet Points in Google Sheets

Adding bullet points in Google Sheets can enhance the readability of your data, making lists or important points stand out. Unlike Google Docs or Slides, Sheets does not have a built-in bullet point feature, but there are several effective methods to achieve this formatting.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the quickest ways to add bullet points is through keyboard shortcuts. For Windows users, double-click the cell where you want to insert a bullet, then press 'Alt' + '7' on the numeric keypad. Mac users should double-click the cell and press 'Option' + 'Shift' + '9'. To add multiple bullet points in a single cell, press 'Alt' + 'Enter' (Windows) or 'Cmd' + 'Enter' (Mac) after each bullet point to move to a new line within the same cell.

Using Custom Formatting

Custom formatting allows you to add bullet points to multiple cells at once. Select the cells, then navigate to 'Format' > 'Number' > 'Custom number format'. In the format box, enter '• @' and click 'Apply'. The '•' represents the bullet point, and '@' is a placeholder for the cell's content.

Using the CHAR Function

The CHAR function can also be used to insert bullet points. For example, to add a standard bullet point, use the formula '=CHAR(8226) & " " & A1' in a cell, where 'A1' is the reference to the cell containing the text you want to bullet. This method is particularly useful for adding bullets to a list spread across multiple cells. Copy the formula down the column to apply it to additional cells.

For different bullet styles, you can use other CHAR values such as 'CHAR(9679)' for a black circle, 'CHAR(9632)' for a black square, and 'CHAR(9658)' for a right-pointing pointer.

Copy and Paste Method

Another straightforward method is to copy and paste bullet points directly into your cells. This can be done by copying a bullet point from another document or using the 'Insert' > 'Special characters' option in Google Docs to find and copy a bullet symbol. Then, paste it into your Google Sheets cell. For multiple bullet points in a single cell, use 'Alt' + 'Enter' (Windows) or 'Cmd' + 'Enter' (Mac) to insert line breaks between each bullet point.

These methods provide flexibility in how you can add bullet points to your Google Sheets, enhancing the presentation and clarity of your data.

Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen Playbooks

While manually adding bullet points in Google Sheets requires a bit of creativity, automating tasks within Google Sheets can streamline your workflows and enhance productivity significantly. Bardeen offers a suite of playbooks that can automate various tasks, from updating task management tools to summarizing content directly within your sheets.

Discover how Bardeen can transform your Google Sheets experience:

  1. Create a ClickUp task when a Google Sheets spreadsheet is modified: Ensure your project management tools are always in sync with your data. This playbook automates the creation of tasks in ClickUp whenever your Google Sheets spreadsheet is updated, ideal for keeping track of changes without manual input.
  2. Add a row in Google Sheets when a ClickUp task is created: Reverse the flow by capturing new tasks from ClickUp directly into your Google Sheets. This playbook is perfect for maintaining a centralized database of tasks and their statuses.
  3. Create a ClickUp comment to a task when a Google Sheets spreadsheet is modified: Enhance collaboration by automatically posting updates to ClickUp tasks as comments whenever a Google Sheet is modified. Keep your team informed of the latest changes in real-time.
  4. Save selected text to Google Sheets, when I right-click: Capture valuable insights from the web directly into your Google Sheets with a simple right-click. This playbook is invaluable for research, content curation, and data collection.

These playbooks by Bardeen not only save time but also ensure that your information is consistently up-to-date across platforms. Automate your Google Sheets tasks today and focus on what truly matters.

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