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Add a bulleted or numbered list

You can add and customize bulleted or numbered lists in Google Docs and Slides.

Add a list

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Click a page or slide where you want to add a list.
  3. In the toolbar, choose a list type. If you don't see the option, click More.
    • Numbered list
    • Bulleted list
  4. Optional:
    • To start a list inside a list press Tab on your keyboard. The new list will be indented.
    • To go back to the main list, press Enter twice on your keyboard. 

Edit a list

You can change the bullet type, indents, prefixes, and suffixes of a list.

Change list type and color

Change list type

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Click a bullet or number.
  3. At the top, click Format and then Lists.
  4. Choose a new bullet type:
    • List options: To make a custom bullet, click More bullets.
    • Numbered list
    • Bulleted list

Change list color

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Click a bullet or number.
  3. In the toolbar, click Text color Color text.
  4. Select a color.
Restart a numbered list
  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Double-click the first number.
  3. At the top, click Format and then Lists.
  4. Click List options and then Restart numbering.
  5. Enter a new start number for your list.
  6. Click OK.
Add text before or after a number

You can add text before or after a number in a list. For example, you can add "b" to the end of each number so the list looks like 1.b, 2.b, 3.b, etc.

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Click a bullet or number.
  3. At the top, click Format and then Lists.
  4. Click List options and then Edit prefix and suffix.
  5. Enter text before or after the number.
  6. Click OK.

Change indents

Change bullet or number indents
  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Highlight the list you want to indent.
  3. In the toolbar, select an option:
    • Decrease indent
    • Increase indent

To indent in Google slides, highlight the list you want to indent and press Tab on your keyboard.

Change paragraph indents in Google Docs

You can indent one or more paragraphs at a time.

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Select the text you want to indent.
  3. At the top, choose an indentation with the ruler.
    • First line indent: To indent the first line, drag the blue rectangle on the ruler.
    • Left indent: To change the left margin, drag the blue triangle on the left side of the ruler.
    • Right indent: To change the right margin, drag the blue triangle on the right side of the ruler.
    • Hanging indent: To indent everything except the first line, drag the blue triangle on the left side of the ruler. The entire paragraph will indent. Then, drag the blue rectangle back to where you want the first line.

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