I would like to make a bulleted list in a Slack message.

How do I do this?

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From Slack's "Format your messages" page:

To create a list, use Shift + Enter to create new lines in your message, then add a number or a bullet (•) before each item.

Tip: To add a bullet point (•) from the comfort of your keyboard, try Option + 8 on a Mac, or Alt + 7 on most Windows machines.

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    I found that for Windows, it needs to be Alt + 7 using the numpad 7
    – andrewb
    Apr 12, 2018 at 0:52
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    Doesn't work :( Can you provide an example in text? Jun 2, 2018 at 14:03
  • @AlikElzin-kilaka As andrewb above said, it has to be Alt + Numpad 7.
    – Ray M
    Jun 5, 2018 at 2:48
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    Curious: Mac Option + 8. So it doesn't use markdown? I wanted to use markdown in Slack.
    – Michael R
    Jul 25, 2018 at 18:15
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    Also, on Windows the bullet doesn't show up until AFTER you release the Alt key when using Alt+ numpad 7
    – deadlydog
    Mar 4, 2020 at 16:27

To complement this thread, On GNU-Linux for add bullet points to a Slack message using your keyboard:

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    Note: That is the number 8 on the top row, not the keypad 8, at least in my case. Jan 21, 2019 at 21:48
  • You can select a block of text and use this shortcut, to put a bullet in front of each line. (Works on Mac, too) get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/…
    – phyatt
    Mar 19, 2019 at 15:42

To add bullet points to a message using your keyboard:

Mac: Option 8 on a Mac

Windows: Alt 7 on most Windows machines

GNU-Linux: Ctrl+Shift+8

iMac Keyboard: Shift+Option+8

Format Messages in Slack


For anyone coming into this thread in mid-2020, Slack no longer supports any type of markup list within the message body. Shortcuts (cmd+shift+7, cmd+shift+8) will not work either.

They do support ordered and unordered list types within a post. Here's the full reference for what works. => https://www.markdownguide.org/tools/slack/

Unfortunately, it seems the only way to get a list in the message body in 2020 is to use their WYSIWYG editor.

  • Actually you can also use the * to maka a bulleted list, but only if the WYSIWYG editor is enabled! At least that's how it is on Mac at the time of writing
    – Sam
    Mar 9, 2021 at 16:44

The above answers are correct, but adding the full answer from Slack website here

To format a list, begin your message with a number or a bullet. Type shift+enter to create a new preformatted line.

Desktop Shortcuts

  • For numbers:
    • cmd+shift+7 on Mac
    • ctrl+shift+7 on Windows For
  • bullets:
    • cmd+shift+8 on Mac
    • ctrl+shift+8 on Windows

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I used the Windows program Character Map, found the bullet point, copied, and pasted. A similar method is to search Google (Wikipedia returned first), then copy and paste.

Mine is an inferior method.

  • The quickest method for the way you work is the best. I appreciate the answer.
    – dmcgill50
    Dec 21, 2018 at 17:32

If anyone needs indented (nested) bullet lists in Slack, here's a suggestion:

Add a custom emoji that's just a transparent image (ex: https://cdn.hipwallpaper.com/i/7/29/4Udi3l.png) and use it to indent your messages (if you want a bullet per se, you can always use another emoji like :black_small_square:)

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It's SHIFT + OPTION + 8 on my iMac keyboard.


To add a bullet point (•) from the comfort of your keyboard, try 'Option 8' on a Mac, or 'Alt 7' (using the number pad) on most Windows machines.


Actually all you need to do is typing

- someText

then it will automatically convert it to a bullet point list


1. someText

to start a numbered list

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    This used to work, but doesn't anymore (May 2020). I can see messages I typed back in Feb of this year where this worked, but now it doesn't. Grrrr....
    – Chad
    May 21, 2020 at 18:10
  • @Chad This does work with the WYSIWYG editor. Type hyphen space at the beginning of a line, and it turns into a bulleted list item, and each newline (shift-enter) will start a new item. Sep 2, 2021 at 20:05

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