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Working with Lists in JavaScript (ES5) DocumentEditor control

08 May 2023 / 2 minutes to read

Document Editor supports both the single-level and multilevel lists. Lists are used to organize data as step-by-step instructions in documents for easy understanding of key points. You can apply list to the paragraph either using supported APIs.

Create bullet list

Bullets are usually used for unordered lists. To apply bulleted list for selected paragraphs, use the following method of ‘Editor’ instance.

applyBullet(bullet, fontFamily);

Parameter Type Description
Bullet string Bullet character.
fontFamily string Bullet font family.

Refer to the following sample code.

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documenteditor.editor.applyBullet('\uf0b7', 'Symbol');

Create numbered list

Numbered lists are usually used for ordered lists. To apply numbered list for selected paragraphs, use the following method of ‘Editor’ instance.


Parameter Type Description
numberFormat string “%n” representations in ‘numberFormat’ parameter will be replaced by respective list level’s value.“%1)” will be displayed as “1)”
listLevelPattern(optional) string Default value is ‘Arabic’.

Refer to the following example.

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documenteditor.editor.applyNumbering('%1)', 'UpRoman');

Clear list

You can also clear the list formatting applied for selected paragraphs. Refer to the following sample code.

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Working with lists

The following sample demonstrates how to create bullet and numbering lists in Document Editor.

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ej.documenteditor.DocumentEditor.Inject(ej.documenteditor.Editor, ej.documenteditor.Selection,ej.documenteditor.EditorHistory);
var documenteditor = new ej.documenteditor.DocumentEditor({ enableEditor: true, isReadOnly: false, enableSelection: true,enableEditorHistory:true,height: '370px'});

function toolbarAction (args){
  switch ( {
    case 'Bullets':
      //To create bullet list
      documenteditor.editor.applyBullet('\uf0b7', 'Symbol');
    case 'Numbering':
      //To create numbering list
      documenteditor.editor.applyNumbering('%1)', 'UpRoman');
    case 'clearlist':
      //To clear list

var toolbar = new ej.navigations.Toolbar({
  clicked: toolbarAction,
  items: [
      prefixIcon: 'e-de-ctnr-bullets e-icons',
      tooltipText: 'Bullets',
      id: 'Bullets',
      prefixIcon: 'e-de-ctnr-numbering e-icons',
      tooltipText: 'Numbering',
      id: 'Numbering',
      text: 'Clear',
      id: 'clearlist',
      tooltipText: 'Clear List',


Editing numbered list

Document Editor restarts the numbering or continue numbering for a numbered list. These options are found in the built-in context menu, if the list value is selected. Refer to the following screenshot.


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