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 Bullets & numbering.
  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 Bullets & numbering.
  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 Bullets & numbering.
  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. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Slides.
  2. Highlight the list you want to indent.
  3. In the toolbar, select an option:
    • Decrease indent 
    • Increase indent 

Change paragraph indents

You can change paragraph indents using the ruler at the top of a document or presentation. Learn how to show rulers in Slides.

  1. On your computer, open a document or presentation in Google Docs or Slides.
  2. Highlight the text you want to indent.
  3. At the top, edit the indentation you want:
    • 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. Then, drag the blue rectangle back to where you want the first line.

Add a hanging indent

With a hanging indent, everything except the first line is indented.

Google Docs

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Highlight the text you want to indent.
  3. In the menu at the top, click Format and then Align & indent and then Indentation options.
  4. Under "Special," choose "Hanging."
  5. Optional: In the box next to "Hanging," change the size of the indent.
  6. Click Apply.

Google Slides

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Highlight the text you want to indent.
  3. In the menu at the top, click Format and then Format options.
  4. At the right, click Text fitting.
  5. Under "Special," choose "Hanging."
  6. Optional: Under "By," change the size of the indent.

Add space around text in Google Slides

You can change the space between text and the edge of a text box on a slide.

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click the text you want to change.
  3. In the menu at the top, click Format and then Format options.
  4. At the right, click Text fitting.
  5. Under "Padding," make your changes.

Add custom indents to text in Google Slides

  1. On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Highlight the text you want to indent.
  3. In the menu at the top, click Format and then Format options.
  4. At the right, click Text fitting.
  5. Under "Indentation," make changes to the size of the indent.

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