Change bullet indents

Changing the position of the bullets in a list, or the spacing between the bullets and text involves fine-tuning the bullet indents. Here’s how:

  1. Select the bullets in the list by clicking a bullet. The text won’t appear selected.

    Bullets selected

  2. Right-click, and then click Adjust List Indents.

  3. Change the distance of the bullet indent from the margin by clicking the arrows in the Bullet position box, or change the distance between the bullet and the text by clicking the arrows in the Text indent box.

    In the Follow number with drop-down box, select from Tab character, Space, or Nothing.

    Screenshot of the Adjust List Indents dialog box where you can specify settings for bullet position and text indent. You can also select what you want to follow a number with and specify where to add a tab stop.
  4. Finish making your adjustments, and then click OK.

Change the indent for one bullet

  1. Click next to the text for the bullet you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, select the arrow next to Multilevel List, and then select Change List Level.

  3. Select the level where you want the bullet. Each level has a different bullet style.

Related information

Create a bulleted or numbered list

Change the spacing between a bullet and the text

Adjust line spacing between bullets in a list

Align bullets

Change bullet style

If you want a bullet style other than round black circles, do this:

  1. Select the entire bulleted list. The bullets won’t appear selected.

    Bulleted list text selected

  2. Click Home, and then click the arrow next to Paragraph>Bullets.

    Paragraph Bullets

  3. Choose another bullet style from the Recently Used Bullets list or the Bullet Library.

    Bullet Library opened from Bullets button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab

    If you want to remove the bullet style, select None.

    If the bullet you want isn’t in the library, click Define New Bullet, and then click Symbol, Picture, or Font to add a new bullet style to the library.

See Also

Turn on or off automatic bullets or numbering

Change bullet indents

Create a bulleted or numbered list

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