How To Use Bullet Points In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 23, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use bullet points in Google Docs.

How To Use Bullet Points In Google Docs

Bullet points are a great way to organize your thoughts and draw attention to the most important points in your documents. Whether you’re writing reports, building an outline, or just jotting down your notes, adding bullet points can make your document look more organized and easy to follow.

Google Docs makes it easy to add bullet points to your documents. In this guide, we will show you how to add bullet points in Google Docs. We’ll also explain how to add sub-bullet points and customize the look of your bullet points to make your document more unique.

How to Add Bulleted Lists in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add bulleted lists in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open a Google Docs document where you want to add a bulleted list.

Step 2

We can start a bullet list even without any text input. To do this, select the bulleted list icon in the toolbar. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+8.

Google Docs will add a bullet point where your cursor is located. You can now proceed to write text for that specific bullet point.

Click Enter to proceed with a new line. Each new line will create a new bullet point.

To finish a bulleted list, you can create a new line and select the bulleted list icon in the toolbar to remove the bullet point.

Alternatively, you can hit the Backspace key twice to remove both the bullet point and the indentation.

Step 3

If you already have text separated into multiple lines, we can apply the bulleted list formatting directly. To do this, select the text you want to add bullet points to.

Next, click on the bulleted list icon in the toolbar.

Step 4

The symbol used for the sub-bullet point will also change to indicate that the item is now a sub-bullet item under another bullet item.

Step 5

Google Docs also offers various built-in styles for bullet points. You can access these options by selecting Format > Bullets & numbering > Bulleted list menu.

For example, there is an option that uses a diamond symbol as a bullet point instead of a solid black circle.

These options can also be located by clicking the dropdown arrow next to the bulleted list icon in the toolbar.

Step 6

While Google Docs comes with several preset styles for bullet points, you can even customize them further. Right-click on an existing bullet point to see a list of symbols to use as a bullet point. In the example below, I’ll choose a star symbol.

Google Docs will update every bullet point at the same level as the bullet you’ve selected earlier.

Right-click on a bullet and select the “More bullets” option to access even more options.

Google Docs will allow you to use the Insert special characters pop-up dialog to find special characters. Use the provided dropdown menus to select categories and sub-categories to quickly find the characters you want.

Users can even use emoji characters as bullet points for their bulleted lists.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to use bullet points in Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!