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Tweak Bulleted Paragraphs With Left Indent Marker in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn to adjust the position of bulleted paragraphs using the Left Indent Marker in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. The Left Indent Marker acts as a lock on the other indent markers.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






While it is a great option to change the placement of your bullet character and the paragraph following the bullet, it's not always the best option to make both these changes individually. Especially if you want to retain the spacing between the bullet and the succeeding paragraph. It's in times like this that you will appreciate the availability of the Left Indent Marker, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Bulleted paragraphs selected
Figure 1: Bulleted paragraphs selected

Before we get into this topic, let us pause a moment and paraphrase what we have learnt so far:

  • You can use both the First Line Indent Marker and Hanging Indent Marker to tweak bulleted paragraphs in PowerPoint 2011.
  • To use both the First Line Indent Marker and the Hanging Indent Marker together, you can use the Left Indent Marker, shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, above. This acts like a lock on the First Line Indent Marker and the Hanging Indent Marker.
  • To view any of these indent markers, your Ruler must be visible.
Note: For reasons of clarity, we will use the term "bullet" for the rest of this tutorial. But anything we do with a bullet in a bulleted list works the same way for a number in a numbered list.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Select the bulleted paragraph(s) for which you want to tweak the position. In Figure 1 above, you can see that all of the 3rd level bulleted paragraphs have been selected. We have selected 3rd level bullets in this example because they provide enough space towards both the left and right sides of the selected paragraphs. If we had selected a first level paragraph, we could have only moved it rightwards.
  2. Note: If you want to change the position of a particular bulleted paragraph, select only that individual bulleted paragraph. If you want the change to effect all bulleted paragraphs in the placeholder (or text box), select all the paragraphs.
  3. With your selection still active, you can reposition the bulleted paragraphs in any of the following ways:
  4. Way 1

  5. If you want to increase the indent of the bullets, click on the Left Indent Marker and drag it rightwards along the Horizontal Ruler as shown in Figure 2. It is quite possible that by mistake you select the Hanging Indent Marker that sits right above the Left Indent Marker. Make sure that you click and drag the latter. As you can see in Figure 2, the First Line Indent Marker also moves as you move the Left Indent Marker.
  6.  Left Indent Marker being dragged towards right
    Figure 2: Left Indent Marker being dragged towards right
  7. Note: Pressing the key while you drag the Indent Markers will give you more control over the placement.
  8. Stop dragging in the new position where you want to place the selected paragraphs. In Figure 3 you can see that the selected bullet paragraphs moved rightwards. Compare Figures 2 and 3 to see the increased indented space.
  9. Selected bulleted paragraphs repositioned rightwards
    Figure 3: Selected bulleted paragraphs repositioned rightwards
  10. Way 2

  11. You can also drag the Left Indent Marker towards the left, as shown in Figure 4.
  12. Left Indent Marker being dragged leftwards
    Figure 4: Left Indent Marker being dragged leftwards

In Figure 5 you can see that the selected bulleted paragraphs have been moved leftwards beyond their initial position (compare Figures 1 and 5). Note that wherever you move the Left Indent Marker, the space between the First Line Indent marker and the Hanging Indent Marker will remain unchanged.

Selected bulleted paragraphs repositioned leftwards to a new indent
Figure 5: Selected bulleted paragraphs repositioned leftwards to a new indent

Note: Instead of changing position of bullet paragraphs on each and every slide in the presentation, you can access the Slide Master view and make changes there. This way you will be making changes just once and every slide will be effected.

See Also:

Tweak Bulleted Paragraphs With Left Indent Marker in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Tweak Bulleted Paragraphs With Left Indent Marker in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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