How to Change the Space Between Bullets & Text in PowerPoint


Microsoft PowerPoint's tab settings provide complete control over the spacing between the bullets and text in your slide presentation. When something as simple as changing the font throws the spacing off, an adjustment to the tab settings puts everything back in order. You can apply the settings to selected bullets, or to an entire list.

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation.

  • Click the "View" tab, and then select "Slide Master" from the Master Views group. If a ruler does not appear above your page, check the box next to "Ruler" on the ribbon in the "Show" group.

  • Drag your mouse pointer to highlight the bulleted items you want to change.

  • Locate the upward-pointing triangle on the ruler that corresponds to the indentation of the text you want to adjust.

  • Move the triangle to the left or right to change the space between the bullets and the text.

  • Repeat the process for each level of bulleted items. Each level will have its own set of triangles, and changing placement of the triangles will affect all of the selected items on that level.

Tips & Warnings

  • To change the indentation of your bullets without affecting the spacing between the bullets and the text, use the small square below the triangle on your ruler. This will cause the bullets and text to move together.
  • To move only the bullets while leaving the text in the same position, use the downward-pointing triangle on the ruler.
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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