by Sai gowtham

Changing the bullet color in HTML Lists

In this tutorial, we are going to learn about how to change the default bullet color in HTML lists using CSS.

Note: We can’t change a bullet color by using a CSS color property in the ul element.

Changing the Bullet color

Consider, we have a following bullet list items:

<ul>
   <li>Apple</li>
   <li>Bananna</li>
   <li>Grapes</li>
</ul>

To change the default bullet color of a list item, there is no built-in css way to do it instead, we can do it by tweaking the css properties like this:

ul {
  list-style: none; /* Removes the default bullets */
}

ul li::before {
  content : "\2022"; /* Adds the bullet */
  padding-right: 10px; /* creates the space between bullet, list item */
  color: blue; /* changes the bullet color*/
}

In the above css:

  1. First, we removed the default bullets by setting a list-style property to none in ul.
  2. We added a custom bullet using content: \2022. Where \2022 is the css unicode character of a bullet.
  3. The padding-right : 10px creates the space between the bullet and the list item.
  4. The color: blue changes the bullet color.

You can also increase the bullet size along with li (list-item), by adding a font-size to the ul element.

ul {
  list-style: none;
  font-size: 32px; /* increases the bullet size,list-item font size */
}

ul li::before {
  content : "\2022";
  padding-right: 10px;
  color: blue;
}

Here is the codepen demo:

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