How To Go From Sub Bullet To Main Bullet in Google Docs


Like Microsoft Word, it’s possible to improve the readability of the text in a document in Google Docs with bullets and sub-bullets. However, commands and approaches can slightly differ. Assuming that you’re copying text from a different program to Google Docs, you may find difficulties with traversing between main and sub-bullets. 

The best way to go from the sub-bullet to the main bullet in Google Docs is to press the Shift + Tab on your keyboard. This will turn sub-bullets into main bullets. Alternatively, you can also click on Decrease Indent on the toolbar to change sub-bullets to main bullets. 

In this article, we’ll look at other shortcuts to switch between bullets in Google Docs with supporting screenshots

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How To Go From Sub Bullet To Main Bullet Google Docs

Option 1 – Use Shift & Tab

This is the easiest and needs you to press two keys at a time. 

  1. Let’s assume you’ve already divided the text into bullets and sub-bullets. 

2. Select the text you wish to move from sub-bullets to main bullets. 

Select text
Select text

3. Press Shift + Tab on your keyboard. 

Sub bullet to bullet
Sub bullet to bullet

Option 2 – Use Increase/Decrease Indent Buttons

  1. Let’s assume you’ve already divided the text into bullets and sub-bullets. 

2. Select the text you wish to move from sub-bullets to main bullets.

Select text
Select text

3. Look for the Decrease Indent option on the toolbar. 

Decrease indent
Decrease indent

4. Click Decrease Indent, and the formatting restores its originality. 

How To Change Bullets To Sub Bullet Points

If you have text that needs to be formatted to sub-bullets from main bullets, follow the steps below:

  1. Select the text that needs to be changed to sub-bullets. 
Selecting text
Selecting text

2. Press the Tab to turn them into sub-bullets. Alternatively, you can also click on the Increase Indent option on the toolbar. 

Bullet to sub bullet
Bullet to sub bullet

Perhaps, it’s easy to switch between bullets and sub-bullets when you know their shortcuts. 

Bullet List Shortcuts In Google Docs

Have you ever wondered if there’s a quick way to change the text to bullets without having to reach the toolbar each time? Your wish is now answered! 

Here’s a list of shortcuts you need for creating and managing various formatting options. Perhaps, you can use these shortcuts to sort text as well.

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Create bulleted listCtrl + Shift + 8⌘ + Shift + 8
Create numbered listCtrl + Shift + 7⌘ + Shift + 7
Increase indentCtrl + ]⌘ + ]
Decrease indentCtrl + [⌘ + [

How To Get Rid Of Sub Bullets

The easiest way to get rid of sub-bullets is to tap on the Bullets icon on the toolbar, and the text returns to its paragraph format. If you want to get rid of only one sub-bullet, position your cursor to the start of the point and hit Backspace on your keyboard. 

In any case, you can add or remove bullets and sub-bullets in a click or two on Google Docs

Final Thoughts

As you work with large chunks of text, it’s essential to get used to their shortcuts. This article has offered multiple ways to switch between bullets and other formatting options on Google Docs. 

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