How to Back Up Bullet Points in PowerPoint

By Shawn McClain

When you create PowerPoint slides for your business, you will often use bulleted lists to impart text-based information to the clients, partners or employees who will be viewing your slide show. These bulleted lists are broken down into levels, much like an outline, creating a visual cue that lets readers know the relationship between one bullet point and the rest of the points on the slide. If you set the level for a single point, and then decide to back it up one or more levels, PowerPoint 2010 gives you two different ways to complete the task.

Decrease List Level

Click on the slide that contains the text you want to alter, then click anywhere on the bullet point that you want to back up.

Click the "Home" tab and locate the "Paragraph" area of the ribbon.

Click "Decrease List Level" to back up the bullet point one level. Press this button multiple times to move back multiple levels.

Shift and Tab

Click on the PowerPoint slide where you want to change the level of a single bullet point.

Click anywhere on the bullet point to activate the text box, then click the space just in front of the first word in the bullet point to place the cursor between the word and the actual bullet point symbol.

Hold down the "Shift" key and press "Tab" to back up the bullet point by one level. Repeat this process to back it up further.


To move a bullet point forward one level, just click the "Increase List Level" button or press the "Tab" key without holding "Shift," depending on the method you chose to use.