How to make Sub-Bullet Points in Google Docs (An Ultimate Guide)

Did you know that you can create sub-bullet points in Google Docs if you further want to bifurcate the main bullet point? Well yes, it is true, and don’t worry if you are unaware of the fact because this article is all about, “how to make sub-bullet points in Google Docs.”

How to make sub-bullet points in Google Docs?

To make sub-bullet points in Google Docs, you can either use the “Enter+Tab” method or the “Multi-level list” method.

Now, these two methods can only be considered, if you are using Google Docs on your PC. The steps for the Google Docs mobile app vary. 

Hence for your better understanding, we have divided this tutorial into two parts; (1) Creating sub-bullet points in Google Docs on your PC, and (2) Creating sub-bullet points in Google Docs on your phone.

Creating sub-bullet points in Google Docs on your PC. 

As mentioned earlier, if you are using Google Docs on your PC, then you can easily create sub-bullet points below your main bullet point by either using the “Enter+Tab” method, or by using the “Multi-level list” method.

So, again to give you a clear idea, we have further divided this segment into two sections. 

Creating sub-bullet points using the “Enter+Tab” method.

To create sub-bullet points using the “Enter+Tab” method you first need to;

  • Open up your web browser and log in to your Google account.
  • Now, from the apps section click on Google Docs.
  • After that, either click on the “Blank” document, or open up the existing one.
  • If you have opened a blank document, then just type something inside it.
Typing Random in bank Google Docs
  • Then, select the entire text by dragging the cursor.
  • Now, head towards the menu bar, and select the “Bulleted list” icon.
written Text selected in Google docs
  • Your selected text will now turn into bullet points.
Text having bullet points in Google Docs
  • Next, navigate your cursor to the end of the text.
Cursor at end of text in Google docs
  • Now, press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  • A fresh new bullet point will automatically get created.
New bullet point created below text in Google Docs
  • Now, press the “Tab” button on your keyboard, and voila! You will now see a new sub-bullet point below your main bullet point.
New sub bullet point created below text in Google Docs
  • You can create more of them by pressing the “Enter” key after you have typed in your text.
Multiple sub bullet points under main bullet point
  • Similarly, you can also create a sub-bullet under a sub-bullet by pressing the “Enter” key and then the “Tab” key.
New sub bullet point under sub bullet point in Google Docs

Creating sub-bullet points in Google Docs using the multi-level list method.

Now, if you already typed in a document and don’t want to add bullets one by one, then you can use the “multi-level list” method to simplify the process. 

A multi-level list, as the name suggests is a type of bullet list that consists of more than one level of bullets.

So, want to know how to use them? 

Well then, just follow the next step-by-step tutorial carefully.

  • Open your web browser and login into your Google account.
  • Now, navigate to the apps section and open the Google Docs app.
  • Then, open up your existing document.
  • Next, scroll through the document and only select the part that you wish to bulletify.
  • Next, scroll upwards to the menu toolbar and select “Format.”
Inserting bullet points in multiple lines
  • A drop-down menu will open up.
  • Then, select “Bullets & numbering” from the menu.
  • A new side menu will open up with three options; Number list, Bullet list, and Checklist.
  • Now, as we are learning about Bullet points we will select the “Bulleted list” option.
Bulleted list option selected from sub menu in Google docs
  • A new side menu will open up, so select a specific style for your bullet points
Multiple style of bullet points visible in sub menu of Google docs
  • You will now notice that the selected text has been converted into a bullet list.
Stylish bullet points created beside text in Google docs
  • Now, all you need to do is place the cursor at the start of the text that you want to convert into sub-bullets.
Cursor at start of text in Google docs to create sub bullet point
  • Then, press the “Tab” key.
  • You will notice that the targeted line will be converted into a sub-bullet point.
Sub bullet point under a bullet point in Google docs
  • Similarly, if you want to move that text one more level to the right, then just press the “Tab” key again.
Text moved to one level ahead in Google docs
  • However, if you want to demote the text one level to the left, then place the cursor again at the beginning of the text, and then hit “Shift+Tab.”

Now that we are done with the PC part, let’s now move on and do the same on the mobile app, but with a different method.

2. Creating sub-bullet points in Google Docs on your phone. (iPhone & Android)

Similar to PC, you can also create sub-bullet points on your Google Docs mobile application, and to do that you just need to follow these simple steps.

  • Open the Google Docs app on your iPhone or Android device.
  • Now, open up a “Blank” document.
  • After that, tap on the “Bullets” icon.
Bullets icon in Google docs mobile app
  • A normal circle-shaped bullet will appear on the screen.
Circle shaped bullet point on Google docs mobile app
  • Then, type in something next to the bullet point.
  • Next, place the blinking cursor at the end of the text.
  • Press the “Enter” key.
Enter button in keypad of Google docs mobile app
  • A new bullet point will pop up on the screen.
New bullet point created below text in Google docs mobile app
  • Now, tap on the “Indent” option.
Indent icon in Google docs mobile app
  • You will instantly notice that the main bullet point has now become a sub-bullet point.
Main bullet point converted to sub bullet point in Google docs mobile app

You can also tap the “Enter” button visible on the mobile keyboard to create a new sub-bullet point after you have typed in something besides the existing sub-bullet point.

New sub bullet point created in Google docs mobile app

However, if you would like to create a sub-bullet point under an existing sub-bullet point, then all you need to do is type in something besides the existing sub-bullet point > tap the “Enter” key visible on the mobile keyboard > and then tap on the “Indent” button.

Sub bullet point under sub bullet point and indent icon in Google Docs mobile app

You can also move one step backward by tapping on the “Outdent” button. 

Outdent icon in Google docs mobile app

How to customize bullet points in Google Docs?

Now that we have covered the main query on how to make sub-bullet points in Google Docs, let’s now see how we can customize the bullet points in terms of size, shape, and color.

Changing the size of the bullet points.

Yes, you heard it right, just like a normal text that is written inside a word document can be increased or decreased in size, you can do the same with the bullets.

Now, you will ask, how?

Well, just follow the next tutorial for the answer.

On PC.

  • Open the Google Docs app on your PC.
  • Now, open up a fresh new document.
  • Then, type in something, and select the desired text.
  • Next, head towards the “Bullet” icon visible inside the menu toolbar and then just click on it. Your selected text will be accompanied by bullet points.
  • Now, select those bullet points.
Bullet points selected in Google docs
  • Then click on the “+” or “-” button to increase/decrease the font size of the bullets.
Plus and minus icon in toolbar menu of Google docs
  • Done, you have just increased/decreased the size of your bullet points. Furthermore, you can perform the same for the sub-bullets too.

On the mobile app.

  • Open Google Docs on your mobile phone.
  • Now, open a “Blank” document.
  • Then, click on the “Bullet” icon visible at the bottom of the screen.
  • Next, tap on the “Format” button visible at the top of the screen, represented by the alphabet “A“.
Format icon in the header of Google docs mobile app
  • Lastly, head towards the “Size” section, and then increase or decrease the size of the bullet points by tapping on “^” or “v.”
Up and down arrow to increase and decrease the size of bullet points in Google docs mobile app

Note: Whenever you will increase the size of the bullet using the Google Docs mobile phone app, the text which is written next to it will increase in size. 

Changing the shape of the bullet points.

Like changing the size of the bullet points, you can also experiment with different shapes that Google Docs provide by following these steps.

On PC.

  • Open Google Docs on your PC.
  • Now, click on the “Blank” option to open up a new blank document.
  • Then, click on the “Bullets” option that is visible inside the menu toolbar.
  • You will see a normal-looking circle bullet appear on the screen.
  • Now, select that bullet shape and perform a right click.
  • A few options will be available right in front of you. However, if you are keen to explore more symbols, then click on “More bullets.”
More bullets option in the right click menu of Google Docs
  • You will now get a new window on your screen that shows different types of shapes.
  • Select the desired shape, or use the “search” button to search for your favorite shape.
Search box to find desired bullet points in Google Docs
  • You can also draw the shape if you don’t remember the name of the symbol. 
Drawing desired shape of Bullet point searching for in Google Docs
  • Furthermore, you can also filter out the shapes based on “Categories“, “Symbols” and “Arrows.” 
Filters to find desired bullet points in Google docs
  • Lastly, click on the “x” to close the window.
Close window option in Google docs

On the mobile app.

  • Open Google Docs on your mobile phone.
  • Now, open a “Blank” document.
  • Then, tap on the “Bullets” option visible at the bottom of the screen.
  • A circle-shaped bullet will appear on the screen.
  • Now, if you have written anything, then you need to place the cursor before the text. But, if you haven’t, then you are good to go.
  • Next, tap on the “Format” button.
  • Then, tap on the “Paragraph” option.
Paragraph option in format menu in Google docs mobile app
  • Now, tap on the “>” that is shown in the image.
Forward button in paragraph menu of Google docs mobile app
  • Select the shape that you wish for, and that’s it. 
Multiple bullet point shape options in Google docs mobile app
  • You have successfully changed the shape of the bullet.
New shape of bullet point appear on Google docs mobile app

You can also change the shapes to numerical.

Numerical point icon on Google docs mobile app

Note: Due to the mobile app limitation, you won’t be able to get more shapes, as you will on PC. 

Changing the color of the bullet points.

Lastly, you can also try changing the color of the bullets like normal text. 

So, if you are ready to give your bullet points a new look, then just follow these simple step-by-step instructions.

On PC.

  • Open Google Docs on your PC.
  • Next, select “Blank” to open up a blank document.
  • Now, click on the “Bullets” option that is visible inside the menu toolbar.
  • After that, select the bullet point.
  • Lastly, click on the “Text color” option, and then select a color of your choice. You can also click on “Custom” and then select your favorite shade.
Text color icon in the header of Google docs
  • You have successfully customized the color of your bullet point.

On the mobile app.

  • Open Google Docs on your mobile phone.
  • Now, open up a “Blank” document.”
  • Then, tap on the “Bullets” option to insert a bullet.
  • Next, tap on the “Format” option visible at the top of the screen.
  • Lastly, tap on the “Text color” option, select the color of your choice, and done.
Text color option in Google docs mobile app
  • You have successfully changed the color of your bullet point.
Changed color of bullet point in Google docs mobile app

Note: As mentioned earlier, whenever you do any kind of customization on the Google Docs mobile app, it will instantly affect the text that is next to it. So, if you don’t want to change the color of the text itself, we recommend using the PC version of the app that gives you more flexibility in terms of features.

Frequently Asked Questions on Google Docs:

Is Google docs a part of Google Suite?

Yes, Google Docs is one of the most easy-to-use word processor software that was introduced by Google in the year 2006 as a part of the Google Suite. 

Is Google Docs different from MS Word?

No, Google Docs is just similar to MS Word and therefore you don’t have to worry about learning it and getting through the process from scratch. For instance, to paste or cut something from the document, one can simply press “Ctrl+V” or “Ctrl+X” respectively.

Can I share my document directly with others on Google Docs?

Yes, as Google Docs is a part of the whole Google Suite package, you can easily share it with other users by clicking on the “Share” option, and then entering their email addresses.

However, remember to make the required changes in the permissions section, or else the other person will have to face restrictions such as “no permission to edit.”

Conclusion:

Using bullet points while writing a word document can surely make a significant difference in the terms of appearance as it will give the document a clean, tidy, and subtle look. Moreover, it will also help in giving out a professional vibe to your document.

So, keep experimenting with the bullets and sub-bullets inside your word document, along with the different customization options that are mentioned in the article.

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  • Ashish Simon

    Hello folks! I am Ashish Pawar – A graduate from the field of Arts but an avid admirer of all things tech; therefore, made a leap into writing technical articles for ‘how-to’ guides and ‘informational content’ with the aim to make tech understandable for the masses. I have been in this field for more than a year now. My ideology is that even a layman should be able to understand tech easily. As a creative individual I am also passionately engaged in activities like photography, music, and dance.

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