How to Change the Bullet Color in InDesign

In this handy guide, we've shared how to change bullet color, InDesign style. To do this, you'll need to apply a character style to the bullets.

Changing the Bullet Color in InDesign
1. First, load your current InDesign project, and select the Type tool from the Tools panel (or press T). 

2. Click inside the text box with the bulleted characters that you want to edit. Then, click on the Control Panel drop-down menu (on the far right side) and choose "Bullets and Numbering" to bring up a dialog box. 

3. In this box, go to the Bullet Character section and find the "Character Style" option. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose "New Character Style". 

4. Give your character style a name, and if you like, you can change the bullet style as well. InDesign includes a selection of bullets, including dots, arrows, and triangles. 

5. Finally, select the Character Color tab. Choose a color from the list, and click OK. Any bullets in the text box will change to the selected color.  

Defining a Paragraph Style
After creating a new character style, you can apply the same process to paragraphs, so that every new paragraph has specific attributes. For example, you might want a paragraph to always start with a black bullet point, or a blue arrow. Here's how to apply a paragraph style to any text box in InDesign:

1. First, choose the Type tool and click in the relevant text box, so that some of the type is highlighted in the desired paragraph. 

2. Open the Paragraph Styles panel, located in the lower left area of your screen. If you can't find this panel, just select "Type" > "Paragraph Styles" from the main menu. 

3. Next, click on the Paragraph Styles panel menu (in the panel's top right corner) and choose "New Paragraph Style". Give your paragraph style a name. If you check the "Apply Style to Selection" box, your style will be associated with the highlighted paragraph. 
 
4. Choose the "Bullets and Numbering" tab in the New Paragraph Style dialog box. Here, you'll see the current character style and bullet settings. If you've already created a character style in this particular text box, these settings will be identical.  

5. Click OK, and your new paragraph style will be added to the Paragraph Styles panel. Now, if you highlight other paragraphs with the Type tool, and then click on the new paragraph style, your formatting (bullets, custom typography, etc) will instantly be applied.  

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