How to Change the Bullet Spacing in MS Word

Updated February 21, 2017

Microsoft Word bullets help organise information into an easy-to-read format, but if the bullets aren't spaced correctly it can throw off the look of your document. Microsoft Word 2010 has two different ways to alter the spacing of bullet points. The first way changes the indent between the edge of the paper and the bullet point, along with the bullet point and the text, while the second way changes the distance between separate bullet points.

Click in front of the first word that makes up your bullet point to place the cursor there. Hold "Shift," then click behind the last word to select the entire passage that makes up the list of bullet points.

Select the "Home" tab at the top of the Word window. Locate the "Paragraph" area and select the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" button, which has four small horizontal lines next to an up and down arrow. Choose "Line Spacing Options" from the drop-down menu.

Manipulate the up and down arrows to alter the "Left" field under the "Indentation" heading. This will change the amount of space between the edge of the sheet and your bullet points.

Locate the "Special" field, which will be set to "Hanging." Use the up and down arrows in the box next to this field to increase or decrease the indent between the bullets and the text.

Select the drop-down box under "Line Spacing" that is located under the "Spacing" header. Choose "Multiple" from the box. Adjust the number in the small box next to the word "Multiple" to change the amount of space between different lines in the list of bullet points. You can use the up and down arrows to change the spacing by half a space, or you can type an exact number, such as "1.7" into the box. Click "OK" when you are ready to implement your changes.

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