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How to make a list with bullets or numbers on WhatsApp


Communication through WhatsApp has improved significantly over the years. What was once just a texting platform now allows you to perform many other functions including sharing video, audio, of course, text formatting.

WhatsApp users can now use bulleted or numbered lists, which makes it much simpler to break down large sections of text into something easier to read. This way, you can finally format your WhatsApp messages for specifics like shopping lists and step-by-step instructions.

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A small step that the platform had already taken to improve text formatting was the option to send texts in bold and italics, which helps us communicate more efficiently today. However, the Meta platform continues to make further improvements, and has included new formatting options to simplify the sending of texts between users.

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Being the platform, these new formatting options have been in development for some time, but are now available to WhatsApp users on all devices, such as Android, iOS, Web and Mac. Check out how to use the new formatting features below.

Necessary time: 2 minutes.

This formatting tool is exactly what it sounds like. Now you can add labels, or bullets, to your messages to divide information into simple lists. To do this, just follow the steps below:

  1. Open the text box to send a message;
  2. To start the list, use the symbol “-”, without the quotation marks, and leave a space;
  3. To continue adding items to the list, use return;

    On smartphones, use the return key. On PC, hold the “shift” key and press the “enter” key. After using the “-” symbol for the first item, the markers will automatically continue when using the return key.

  4. To finalize the list, tap return twice.
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WhatsApp: how to make a list with numbers

This is another new listing format, but with numbers in case you need to write something in a specific order, like instructions. To use the function, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the text box to send a message;
  2. Add a digit, followed by a period and a full space. For example, “1.”;
  3. To continue adding items to the list, use return;
    On smartphones, use the return key. On PC, hold the “shift” key and press the “enter” key. Just like with bookmarks, the list will automatically follow when you press the return key.
  4. To finalize the list, tap return twice.



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