Finally, a hack for bullets which I can use

[omitted yet more tedious, unsuccessful experiments with bullets, style definitions w/ and w/o “save all formatting”, etc.; para/character styles]

Hope this might relieve some stresses for other outliners like me…

I came up with a hack that works for me; no doubt someone has done the same before, but it didn’t turn up when I tried searching the forum for workarounds.

So, finally: use the character map to identify suitable bullets, create lead-in of [bullet,tab],[bullet,tab],[bullet,tab] sequences, then create “additional substitutions”.

It’s clunky but it ensures bullet alignment respects the style margins, and allows lists to be easily moved around. AND you can edit/replace bullets.

UPDATE if your points wrap to new lines, then define styles appropriately; even clunkier but copy/paste paras thereafter.

Illustrations (formatted as code to preserve tabs)

Load your bullets: e.g. ●◌○◊:white_small_square::black_small_square:□ — Calibri, Unicode U+25CF to U+25A1 (haha, “:small white square:” is inserted on posting). Create some bullets with TABs and special characters.

●	lkahsdflk aslkjh asfd
	○	lkjsdflkj sdflkj sdf
		◌	asdfasdasdasdasd

Then, File… Options… Corrections…; use strings of your choice for the [bullet, tab] sequences copied from above into the replacement box.

●	lkahsdflk aslkjh asfd →Edit Substitutions, add _b
	○	lkjsdflkj sdflkj sdf → Edit Substitutions, add _bb 
		◌	asdfasdasdasdasdEdit Substitutions, add _bbb

Test application…

●	 bullet1
	○	 bullet2
		◌	 bullet3

:joy: Joy.:pray:

If I need to change tab stops, margins, (re)define styles etc. I can, and everything should work transparently without conflicts between Scrivener and the underlying text engine.

and again as an image to show the tabs etc.