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I know there exists a keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+L to create a new bullet point, but this does not add the appropriate indentation. Is there a keyboard shortcut that exists or that I can define to emulate the behavior of clicking on the bulleted list button?

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For bulleted lists, type * and then press Tab.

You can start other styles of lists with similar shortcuts.

For numbered lists, type 1., 1) or (1) and then press Tab.

You can also use a or A for lowercase or uppercase lettered lists, with your choice of brackets or period.

For Roman numeral lists, use i or I.

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  • That's right, this functionality does exist. Out of curiosity though, would you know of a menu/ribbon function that I can map a keyboard shortcut to? – intcreator Jul 28 '15 at 4:28
  • On Windows, press Alt + H to see all the shortcuts for the Home ribbon. You can then press U for the bulleted list dropdown or N for the number dropdown. – Mike Fitzpatrick Jul 28 '15 at 5:03
  • Also true. Now I just need a way to remember things I already know when I need them. – intcreator Jul 28 '15 at 5:04
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Is there a keyboard shortcut that exists or that I can define to emulate the behavior of clicking on the bulleted list button?

To answer this part of your question: there is a way of precisely doing this, i.e. assigning a keyboard shortcut to any button on any ribbon in the MS-Word. Here's what you do:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+NumPad Plus keys together to enter the mode where you can assign a keyboard shortcut. You should see the "looped square knot" () symbol in place of the cursor arrow.
  2. Now, you just have to point to and click the button to which you want to assign a shortcut and
  3. you will be shown a window where you could assign the shortcut.

Alternately look into this blog post, or to this video on YouTube: Easiest way of assigning keyboard shortcuts in MS-Word.

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