Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tip: How to easily reorder bullet points in MS Word

A quick tip on a discovery I just made: You can quickly reorder bullet points in Microsoft Word putting the caret in the bulleted item to be reordered (i.e. click on the item), and then use Alt+Shift+UpArrow or Alt+Shift+DownArrow to reorder the selected item within the list of bullet points.  Apparently this works in other MS Office programs as well (such as PowerPoint).

I’ve found that this works a lot more nicely than cutting the item to be moved, and then pasting the item in the new location in the list (since often, line breaks need to be fixed up after the new item is pasted in.)

Bonus tip: Alt+Shift+LeftArrow and Alt+Shift+RightArrow will indent/unindent the selected bulleted item.

15 comments:

  1. OMG such a good tip, just spent last ten minutes trying to reorder a list thru C&P. ended up with gaps, white space and mis-aligned points.
    Thank a lot for this tip

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  2. Thanks for sharing this!..
    Indeed! like.. THANK YOU!
    very helpful :)

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  3. THANKS. This was a life saver; C&P no more!

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  4. Thanks! This post is still proving useful to random internet users 6 and a half years later...!

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  5. I use this shortcut all the time but recently changed to Mac. Any ideas what the same shortcut is on Mac? I've searched everywhere / tried a number of things and can't find it. The usual shortcut translations from PC to Mac don't work on this one.

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  6. Thank you, helps me a lot

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  7. I am unable to click on my bulleted item

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  8. Brilliant! LibreOffice has this as a button in the toolbar. I'm surprised Word doesn't.

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  9. +1 on the Mac question. I used this constantly when I was on a PC. Is this available on a Mac?

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  10. Excellent Tip - wish i'd seen it years ago. Thank you.

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  11. Yes, this was what i was looking for! thanks :)

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  12. Right on, wonder why is such a hidden feature. Thanks

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