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

Adjust line spacing between bullets in a list

Change bullet style

If you’ve created a document in the Word desktop client, Word for the web will preserve everything you’ve done, including your bullet alignment. Unfortunately, you can’t fine-tune the alignment of your bullets in Word for the web.

If you already own the desktop version of Word, you can use it to fine-tune the alignment of your bullets. If not, you can try or buy the latest version of Office now.

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