Custom Bullets in Google Docs


At first glance, I thought the tools and possibilities in Google Docs were limited. It looked like a watered-down version of a word processor. But the more I have used it, the more powerful and comprehensive I’ve found Google Docs to be. In fact, most commonly used word processing tools and techniques are available. And I’m finding some fun and creative options the more I use it!

Making custom bullets when creating a list is one technique that is both fun and engages the reader’s attention. It’s easy.
custom bullets

  1. Open a Google Docs file or create a new one.
  2. Type a list of items. Press ENTER after each item.
  3. Select the list.
  4. Click Bulleted list.
  5. Keep the list selected. From the Format menu, select Bullets & numbering.
  6. Click List options. Click More bullets.
  7. Create custom bullets

  8. Click on a symbol to add it as a bullet. Click Close (X).

You can also use these characters and symbols anywhere in a document to add interest or draw attention to a heading.

Special characters added to a heading

  1. In a Google Docs file, position the cursor beside the text or heading you want to highlight.
  2. From the Insert menu, select Special characters.
  3. Pick a category and a type. Then click on a symbol to create a unique design. Click Close (x).

In TechnoKids’ technology project TechnoRestaurateur, students use these techniques as they play the role of a restaurateur and write a newsletter to potential investors.


Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.

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