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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Advanced Bullet Point Tips in Live Writer

livewriter tutorials pinner-001Last week, I covered some of the basics of formatting text in my 2nd Windows Live Writer Tutorial for bloggers.  I bet you were thinking… 

  • What about doing things
    • like 2
      • (or even 3) leveled bullet points?


  • And how about starting an ordered list midstream?
    1. Because sometimes you interrupt your list with a parenthetical comment. 
    2. Or a picture.
    3. Or something else.
    4. And need to come back to it.

So, today I’m going to share with you a few tips and tricks that take bullet points a step beyond the basics.


How to do multilevel bullet points in Live Writer

Now, why would you want to do that? 

In a review post I wrote earlier this week, I used multilevel bullet points in order to give a fuller explanation of a list of features. 

multilevel bulletpoints in livewriter screenshotThis is super easy and you can even use an unordered list within an ordered list, or vice versa. 

  1. Click the unordered bullet point button.
  2. Type your text, hitting “enter” after each bullet point.
  3. When you want make a point within another point, hit “enter,”
    • then hit “tab,” and you’re next point will be over one tab to the right.
    • If you want your next level to be ordered (numbered), click the numbered bullet point button and the list will be numbered.
  4. If you want to go another level in, hit “tab” again.
  5. When you want to go back out to the previous level, hit “enter,” then “backspace” and you’ll return to the previous level.

As you can see, you can also go from ordered to unordered bullet points.  You can do ordered and ordered or unordered and unordered as well.


How to start ordered bullet points at any number you choose in Live Writer

And why would I want to do that?  There are a number of reasons, but the first one that comes to mind is from that same post:

multilevel bulletpoints in livewriter screenshot 2

I wanted to add a subhead midstream, but I wanted to keep the formatting.

This is also a handy tip if you are creating a comprehensive list and want to add subheads to make it more navigable or if you want to add pictures between bullet points (more on pictures in a minute).

This is an html thing, but it’s super easy peasy (and you can actually use it in any blog platform where you have access to the html).

  1. Create your numbered list.
  2. Click the “source” tab at the bottom left.
  3. Find your list in the source code, it will start with the <ol> tag.
  4. You’re going to add an instruction to that tag:
    1. inside the <ol> tag add start="n"
    2. change the n to your chosen start number
    3. the code will look like this:  <ol start="9">
      1. And your bullet point will look like this.


How to Use pictures within bullet points in Live Writer

I already mentioned that if you want to place a picture between numbered bullet points but continue your list, you can do that by starting a new list and inserting code to set what number it starts at. 

But sometimes you want the pictures to be within the bullet points themselves, ie, the picture indents and centers under the bullet point rather than centering with the whole width of the post.

This is something that I’ve done in craft tutorials where there are pictures for different steps.

pictures within bullet points tutorial screenshot

You will find that if you try to add the pictures as you go, the formatting gets all funny.

Instead, try this:

  1. Type all the bullet points first.
  2. Go back and click on the screen where you wish to add a pic.
  3. Click the “picture,” button and insert your pic.
  4. Format it for alignment and margins (see my previous post on formatting pictures in Live Writer).

Next week we’ll talk about something other than bullet points.  I wonder what it’ll be? 

What would you like to learn about in Windows Live Writer?

1 comment:

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