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Adjust bullet indents to match your Word document's style

Maintaining bullet formats can be tricky—especially when more than one person handles the same document. In this Word tip, Mary Ann Richardson explains how to adjust the bullet indents to a consistent document style.

It's not uncommon for Word documents to come back from review with unintentional revisions to the bullet formats. For example, bulleted text may end up positioned too close or too far from the left margin, or the text may be indented incorrectly or inconsistently from the bullet. You can attempt to change each set of bullets manually by adjusting the corresponding indent marker on the ruler, but a more efficient approach is to use the Bullets and Numbering format menu.

To adjust the left margin indent from the left margin, follow these steps:

  1. Select the bulleted list or lists you want to change. (Press [Ctrl] to select multiple lists.)
  2. Right-click the selection, and click Bullets And Numbering.
  3. Under the Bulleted tab, select the bullet style in the Bullet Gallery and click Customize.
  4. Under Bullet Position, click the up or down arrow in the Indent At text box until the bullet is the correct distance from the margin.
  5. Click OK.

To adjust the distance of the text from the bullet, follow these steps:

  1. Select the bulleted list or lists you want to change.
  2. Right-click the selection and click Bullets And Numbering.
  3. Under the Bulleted tab, select the bullet style in the Bullet Gallery and click Customize.
  4. Under Text position, click the up and down arrow in the Tab Space After box until the text is the correct distance from the bullet.
  5. Click the up and down arrow in the Indent At box until the text is correctly indented.
  6. Click OK.

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