Do you use a lot of bulleted lists in MS PowerPoint? I bet if you’re a big PowerPoint user, they are a part of your daily life, right?
I’d even bet that somewhere along the way, you’ve had a list where individual items had sub-points below them.
For those sub-points, we need to indent them further than the main list and usually, the bullet style changes as well. (This is called a demotion).
Also, I’m sure you’ve figured out that you use the Increase Indent button to make the demotion and the Decrease Indent button to move the item back toward the left (called a promotion).
But what if you prefer to use the keyboard?
Is there an easy way for you to accomplish a promotion or demotion without all the mouse work?
Of course! It’s all just a matter of the correct keys.
The first step is to move your cursor to the very left of the first line of the item. (The Home key works for this and maybe an up arrow, if the item is longer than one line).
To demote the item (move it right), hit the Tab key. To promote the item (move it left), use Shift + Tab.
With either of these movements, you’ll find that PowerPoint automatically changes the bullet associated with the item.
There you have it. List promotions and demotions without a single mouse click to be heard!