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Come On, Give Me a Break!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint, MS Word

Give Me a Break!

Have you ever had a bulleted or numbered list in either MS Word or MS PowerPoint that really needed a blank line half way through it? You know, maybe for a visual break.

Maybe your list contains subsets and it would just make more sense if there was a break in the flow.

Maybe something like this:

  • Item 1

  • Item 2

  • Item 3

  • Item 4

  • Item 5

Or, maybe this:

1. Item A
2. Item B
3. Item C

4. Item D
5. Item E

What did you do to create the break?

Did you turn the bullets or numbering off, make the blank line and then go back and turn them on again?

Or, if it’s a numbered list, did you go through the headache of making the numbers continuous?

I know, what a pain!

I couldn’t agree more.

Well, guess what!

What? (Thanks for playing along there).

There’s a faster way!

Yep, you read it right. A much faster way.

All you need is an extra key. Yes, the Shift key to be exact.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Next time you’re working on a list and you want a blank line, try Shift + Enter.

  • That should put you on the next line, without the number or bullet.

  • Now, hit the Enter key again (or, a couple times for a bigger break in the list).

  • You should now be another line down with the bullets back on or if you’re working with numbers, they’ll continue counting exactly where they left off.

It’s that easy!

It’s way faster than all the hoops you jump through to turn this stuff on, off, on, off again, etc.

Give it a try. It’s as easy as pie!

~ April

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