Colons with bullet points
When using bullets:
  • Be consistent throughout the document with the formatting at the start and end of each bullet (i.e., keep the same use of capital letters and punctuation).
  • Make sure your bullet points align logically with the introduction.

Using Bullet Points

A colon is often used to introduce bullet points, which have their own guidelines. In the first example below, each bullet starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop. Choose whatever format you like, but be consistent throughout your document.


Dr Mole won the following events:
1. Egg-and-spoon race.
2. Toss the pancake.
3. Apple bobbing.
Dr Mole won the following events:
a. egg-and-spoon race.
b. Toss the pancake
c. Apple bobbing.

(small e on egg and no full stop at the end of pancake – not consistent)
The birds listed below were spotted during the survey:
a. Dipper (two).
b. bittern (one).
c. Grey Wagtail (twelve).

(small b on bittern – not consistent)

When using bullet points, ensure each one ties in with the introduction.

Helps Fight Freshens Breath
(label on mouthwash bottle)

See also:

Using bullet points
How to use colons to extend sentences
Colons in references
Using colons for introductions
Colons with quotations