How to Indent Text With Bullets in Excel

By Kirk Bennet

With Microsoft Excel 2010, you can create complex spreadsheets and edit existing spreadsheets for your clients as well as your own business needs. Text can be inserted in Excel cells easily, and you can format the text using Excel's built-in tools. For example, you can insert bullets in your cells and then indent the text and the bullets. Using indented bullets in cells can help you to display the data in your spreadsheet more efficiently.

Launch Microsoft Excel 2010. Open the spreadsheet you want to edit or create a new spreadsheet.

Double-click on any cell in the spreadsheet to edit its contents.

Press "Alt-7" or "Alt-9" on the numeric keypad to insert a bullet. Press the key multiple times to insert multiple bullets.

Type the text that you want to indent and press "Esc" to finish editing the cell.

Click the "Increase Indent" button in the Alignment group on the home page to indent the text; the bullet is indented along with the text.

Click the "Decrease Indent" button in the Alignment group to decrease the indent.

Press "Ctrl-S" to save the changes.


Click the "Insert" tab and then click the "Symbol" button in the Symbols group to view all symbols that you can insert in your cells.