Open Word and insert a table (1 x 1 will work just fine).

Right-click in the table and, in the context menu, select "Bullets" and a bullet image from the bullet library.

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Type something and press enter.

Type something else, but, instead of clicking enter, right-click and select "Increase Indent"

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Notice something else moves into the proper indentation of a nested bullet:

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Outside of a Word table, you would simply press tab to get this behavior, but I want a keyboard shortcut (if available) to do this inside the table.

This is what I've tried:

  • Ctrl + Tab: Just indents the text, not the bullet
  • Ctrl + T: Same as Ctrl + Tab
  • Ctrl + M: Indents the text and the bullet but does not change the bullet style

Can this be done outside the right-click context menu?

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In at least Word 2010, you can use Shift+Alt+/ to increase/decrease the indent in a bulleted or numbered list.

  • When combined with @user222101's comment, this is a perfect solution. Enter twice to go up/left a level, and Shift + Alt + -> to go down/right a level. – hotshot309 Aug 13 '13 at 16:11
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    On Mac, this is [Shift] + [Ctrl] + arrow. – Gijs Nov 17 '15 at 14:45
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    Works great on Word 2013 (Windows) – Freddie Fabregas Feb 20 '17 at 19:46
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    Work great on Word 2016 too! You make my day! – Luke Jan 19 '18 at 3:02

Press Enter twice. It works. The first one creates the next nested line at the current indent, but the second stroke decreases the indent to the previous indent and section heading.

  • this only works one-way, but is still a good tip. +1 – ray023 May 6 '13 at 13:26
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    Shift+Tab also works, as well as Control+Shift+Left/Right Arrow [Mac] – user222101 May 7 '13 at 20:07
  • @user222101, for me, Shift + Tab moves me to the left one table cell and selects the content of the cell. – hotshot309 Aug 13 '13 at 16:04
  • This i a very simple (and effective) solution to move up one level when on the second level (or deeper) in a bulleted list, inside a table. It even remembers where you have the margins set for each level, if you customized them (which I always do when bulleting inside a table, to avoid extraneous leading whitespace). Thanks! – hotshot309 Aug 13 '13 at 16:09

For mac word 2011 also see,

  • Cmd+Shift+M to decrease indentation of bullet
  • Control+Shift+M to increase indentation of bullet
  • In Word for Windows, this does not change the style of the bullet to the default for that indent level. See the other answers if you want that. – Tom Hale Aug 1 '16 at 4:06

You can record a macro (using the Developer tab), and assign it to a keyboard shortcut combination. (Using the Macro Recorder is the easiest way to set this up, but you could also just insert the command Selection.Range.ListFormat.ListIndent in the macro VBA.


For Word 2011 for Mac the combination that works is:

control + shift + Left/Right Arrow


You might also try Alt+Right Arrow. It's bound to function IncreaseIndent in Word 2010.

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    did you try this before you suggested it? – kmote Aug 10 '12 at 19:15
  • Absolutely. And it works for me. – Fran Aug 10 '12 at 19:18
  • UPDATE: The Alt+RightArrow works for me in a table, but TAB doesn't. Thought I had tried it in a table before. I've editted my answer accordingly. – Fran Aug 10 '12 at 19:21
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    neither method works for me (also running Word 2010 on Win7). – kmote Aug 10 '12 at 19:24

Alt+Shift right arrow/left arrow works for me inside a table!


option + command + arrow left/right

  • While not stated, the context of the question makes it clear this question is about Windows, while your answer is about Apple. – music2myear Sep 13 '17 at 18:51

Increase indent.. TAB Decrease indent.. SHIFT + TAB

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    Welcome to superuser: While this may or may not answer the question,(an answer has been accepted) it would be a better answer if you could provide some explanation why your solution works with detail and an easy to follow instructions. If you feel your answer is correct do these things and re-edit. Please take a couple of minutes and read:- superuser.com/help .Answering: superuser.com/help/how-to-answer, again welcome to superuser.Thankyou – mic84 Feb 2 '18 at 10:22
  • Did you notice that the question says ‘‘in a table cell’’?  Have you tried this in a table cell? – G-Man Feb 2 '18 at 22:40

shift + tab is the shortcut to decrease the bullet point level

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    Nope, doesn't work inside a table, which is the context in which the question is being asked. – Twisty Impersonator Nov 26 '18 at 1:08

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