Indentation and Line Spacing

Indentation and Line Spacing


In PowerPoint, you can adjust the space between a bullet in a list and the text. The ability to increase and decrease the indentation gives you control over the lists you use in a presentation, and it allows you to customize them to meet your needs. One of the easiest ways to modify the indentation is by using the indent markers on the ruler.

To display the ruler:


To change the position of a bullet or bullets:

First Line Indent Marker
Bullet Moved

To change the position of text:

Hanging Indent Marker
Moved Text

To change the position of both bullet and text (while maintaining the spacing):

Left Indent Marker
Both Bullet and Text Moved

If you are working with nonbulleted text, such as in a paragraph, you can still use these markers to indent the text. Each marker works the same way but moves slightly different parts of the text.

More about indentation

While the ruler is a simple way to modify indentation, you can enter a specific amount to indent using the Paragraph dialog box. To view this dialog box, click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

Paragraph Group

In the Paragraph dialog box, you can enter specific measurements for the indents before the text or special hanging and first-line indents.

Paragraph Dialog Box