Formatting Bulleted Lists
Although you can use automatic list generation to create a simple bulleted list,
using the Text inspector gives you many options for formatting bulleted lists.
See “Generating Lists Automatically” on page 181 for information about creating a
To add and format a bulleted list using the Text inspector:
Place the insertion point where you want the list to begin.
Click Inspector in the toolbar, click the Text inspector button, and then click Bullets.
Choose a bullet style from the Bullets & Numbering pop-up menu.
To use a typed character as a bullet, choose Text Bullets and choose a character from
the list or type a new character in the field.
To use one of the image bullets that comes with Numbers, choose Image Bullets, and
then choose an image from the scrolling list.
To use your own image as a bullet, choose Custom Image, and then choose an image
in the Open dialog that appears.
To change the size of an image bullet, specify a percentage of the original image size
in the Size field. Or, select the “Scale with text” checkbox and specify a percentage of
the text size; this option maintains the image-to-text size ratio of the bullets even if
you later change the font size of text.
To adjust the space between bullets and the left margin, use the Bullet Indent field. To
adjust the space between bullets and text, use the Text Indent field.
To position bullets higher or lower relative to text in a text box or shape, use the
To add and indent bulleted items in your list, do any of the following:
To add a new topic at the current indent level, press Return. If you’re working in a
table cell and “Return key moves to next cell” is selected in the Table inspector, press
To create an unbulleted paragraph within a topic, press Return while holding down
the Shift key. If you’re working in a table cell and “Return key moves to next cell” is
selected in the Table inspector, press Control-Return instead.
To enter a new topic at the next lower indent level, press Tab. To enter a new topic
at the next higher level, press Shift-Tab. You can also click and hold a bullet, and
then drag to the right, to the left, down and to the right, or down and to the left.
If you’re working in a table cell and “Return key moves to next cell” is selected in
the Table inspector, use the Indent Level controls in the Bullets pane of the Text
inspector to change the level of entries.
To return to regular text at the end of your list, press Return and choose No Bullets
from the Bullets & Numbering pop-up menu. You may also need to adjust the
If you’re working in a table cell and “Return key moves to next cell” is selected in the
Table inspector, press Option-Return instead of Return.