How to add bullet points in Google Docs

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In this article we’ll show you how to add bullet points in Google Docs. Thousands of Google Docs are created every day all around the world. It’s one of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to prepare documents in the modern era. That being said, it does still pose a challenge for new and inexperienced users.

To give you a better understanding of how you can use Google Docs to their full potential, in this article we’ll be teaching you how you can add bullet points to your document.

Everybody likes looking at lists. They’re organized, neat, and give your work a tidy look. There are a few ways you can go about doing this in Google Docs, and you just need to follow our article to understand what we’re talking about.

How to add bullet points in Google Docs

Follow the steps below to find out how to add bullet points in “Docs”:

  • Open the Google Doc where your work is. If you’re starting fresh, create a new document. To do either of these, access Google Docs on your web browser and click on “File”;

How to add bullet points in Google Docs

  • From the pop-up menu, you’ll see the option to open an existing Google Doc file and to create a new one. The keyboard shortcut to open a Google Doc is “Ctrl + O”. If you hover your cursor to the “New” option, a menu extension will appear and give you options to create new documents;
  • Next, simply place your cursor in the document where you want the bullet points to show up. Click where you want the bullet points to start, even if you already have the text ready in that line;
  • Once you have the positioning all set up, look to the default toolbar menu close to the top of your screen. Towards the right end of the toolbar, you’ll find the option to add bullet points, as shown below.

How to add bullet points in Google Docs

Note: If this toolbar isn’t showing up as it should be, there’s a chance that you may have minimized it. Notice the arrowhead pointing upwards at the far right end of the toolbar. If this is facing downwards, it means that your toolbar menu is hidden for a better viewing experience on the document. Simply click on it to reveal all the menu options.

  • Then click on the icon to insert bullet points and begin crafting your work accordingly. If there is text in the same line as your cursor, the entire line will automatically be placed as a bullet point.

Now that we have the basics covered, here are a few tips on being more effective with bullet points in Google Docs:

  • You can choose between various designs for your document’s bullet points. This can be done by clicking on the arrow right next to the bullet point icon. It will open up another menu where there are different styles for you to choose from;

How to add bullet points in Google Docs

  • If you already have the text you want in bullet points ready and entered in different lines as needed, you can click and drag to select that text and then click on the bullet point option. Google Docs will automatically place each new line as a bullet point;
  • If you want to layer your bullet points, first press “Enter” to start a new line and then press the “Tab” key to move into the next layer of the bullet point. Pressing “Enter” takes you back a layer. This is similar to what you can do to toggle between layers of bullet points on Microsoft Word.

Note: If you’re also looking to add a numbered list rather than a bulleted list, look no further than the first option to the left of the bullet points option. The same general rules as adding bullet points apply here too. Only this time you’ll get a numbered list. Additionally, just like with bulleted lists, you can change the design to your preference through the drop-down arrow. You can also cycle through layers of numbered lists in the same way.

Wrap Up

And there you have it! Adding bullet points to Google Docs doesn’t require much effort. You now know how to do it properly so you can get your text documents looking better.