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How to Make Bulleted Lists Work in Outlook (2007-10-13-16)

bullet lists in Outlook workaround

Outlook (Desktop Client) can be compared to that reserved kinda person who always stays aloof and never joins the amiable group of other email clients. However, it is interesting to know that despite this, it still enjoys 4.44% of email client share in the market (Litmus Email Analytics – January 2022). Hence, overlooking its rendering issues is definitely not an option.

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Let’s discuss one of the major problems of Outlook that bothers several email developers out there.

The Problem of Unordered Lists in Outlook

A queer rendering challenge that Outlook puts forth is that of unordered lists. While all the other email clients work great when it comes to lists, Outlook doesn’t show bullets with <ul> and <li> tags.

Check out the screenshot below:

Outlook 2003 didn’t present this problem, but more recent versions of Outlook desktop clients like Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 invariably create an issue when it comes to including basic HTML bullet points to unordered lists.

The Workaround

To include HTML bullet points in Outlook in a hassle-free manner, Campaign Monitor published a workaround which is quite successful but a bit too long.
We bring to you a simple workaround to beat this challenge.

Just insert the below-mentioned code to resolve the issue.

/*This is for Outlook 2007-10-13-16*/
<!– [if gte mso 9]>
li {text-align:-webkit-match-parent; display:list-item;text-indent: -1em;}
/*End for Outlook 2007-10-13-16*/

/*This is for Other all email clients*/
li {text-align:-webkit-match-parent; display:list-item;}
/*End for Other all email clients*/

Once you add this code, you’ll be able to observe HTML bullet points in Outlook. And well, that’s the end of your struggle. [We hope] 🙂

Here’s how it will look after the workaround:

Wrapping Up

Have you been forced to contend with any other challenges while working with Outlook?

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