In MS Word, I have this:

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But what I want is this (below)

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How do I bring my cursor (and current-place-bullet) back to that indentation-bullet-point-level?

  • Question very nicely explained, thanks for the effort.
    – Bora
    Commented Sep 15, 2011 at 5:10

8 Answers 8


Pressing Shift+Tab will do this.

  • Pressing enter before typing anything else will do it on a Mac
    – PMV
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 15:44
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    @PMV: pressing Enter before typing anything else reduces indent on a Mac - for an empty paragraph. What about for a non-empty paragraph? On Windows, tab/backtab at the start of a paragraph indents/unindents, even if paragraph nonempty.
    – Krazy Glew
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 19:24

In addition to the other answers, there are toolbar/ribbon buttons for "Decrease Indent" and "Increase Indent".

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Oh, and one more - I believe if you hit Enter when on a blank item in your list, it decreases its indentation level as well.


Ctrl + M / Ctrl + Shift + M controls the indentation level of your bulletted/numbered lists.

  • This works when Shift + Tab and the Increase/Decrease Indent controls do not! Commented Feb 19, 2015 at 0:01

Use Shift + Tab to step back out of the indentation.

  • This is not working for me for some reason (MS Word 2007). I can remove the indentation with Shift+Tab though. Commented Dec 21, 2014 at 21:28

In Google Docs I press Enter twice quickly to 'un-indent' but I don't know if this works for anywhere else... Unfortunately I learnt the very long and hard way.

  • Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question which has nothing to do with google docs.
    – DavidPostill
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 10:36

Press Enter twice to get to the previous outline level.

When at the 2nd indent level ("delete P..." in your example), press Enter once to get to the 1st indent level ("delete M..." in your example). Press Enter twice to get up another level to where your arrow points.


If you are on Mac OS X, use Cmd + [.

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    Can you expand upon this? You might want to quote the documentation.
    – bwDraco
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 23:02

Press tab to indent forward. To go back an indent, press tab and then press backspace twice.

  • Shift+Tab is reverse indent shortcut...
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 14:20
  • True, but pressing tab and then backspace does the same thing. It's just another way and it's quicker for me Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 14:21
  • 5 year old question. To repeat what the keyboard combination suggested 5 years ago does. This answer appeared in the review queue.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 14:38
  • Is that bad? The reason I added an answer is because no one else had mentioned this method of tabbing back Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 14:42
  • ChrisF suggested it 6 years ago.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 30, 2016 at 15:40

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