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Bullets and Numbering in Google Docs

Take your bullet points and numbering to the next level in Google Docs.

Use Tab

When you click the bullet or numbering icon in Google Docs it will immediately start your list. Pressing Enter after typing your first item will create a second bullet or number. These bullet points will line up. If you want to indent further, use the Tab key.

Notice after pressing Enter I used the Tab key to indent and then after pressing Enter again further indented and kept the layering going by using the Tab key.

Shift Tab

So now that I am indented 3 levels in, how do I get back? SHIFT TAB. Hold down the shift key and press Tab to back the bullet list up.

Continue Numbering

When using numbering Tab and Shift Tab also work. However, when I am numbering items I sometimes want to break up the list to say things between the numbering. For example in my book Stepping Up to Google Classroom I have listed 50 ways to start using Google Classroom. I need each of the 50 things numbered but I want to write a paragraph, include a picture, and give a tip for each one.

Pressing Enter twice exits the numbering and allows me to return to regular paragraph writing. However, when I click the numbering icon again it starts over again at one.

Right Click

Right click in the new numbering list. This will provide several options for your text, including “Continue previous numbering.”

Restart Numbering

What if you want to set the number to be something specific? On right click choose “Restart numbering.”

Choose the Number

Choosing “Restart numbering” allows you to choose what number you want to restart at. It does not have to restart at 1!

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