Software & Apps MS Office How Do I Create a New Line Without a Bullet in PowerPoint? Using the Shift+Enter trick for a soft return in bullets by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on November 14, 2019 Geralt / Pixabay MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email Working with bullets on PowerPoint slides can be frustrating. By default, when you work on a PowerPoint slide that uses the bulleted list format, each time you press the Enter (or Return) key, PowerPoint inserts a bullet to start the next line. It isn't always what you want, but you can easily avoid it by manually inserting a soft return. Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Mac, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, and PowerPoint Online. Example of the Shift+Enter Trick Say you want to separate the text in the first bullet point in the example below and drop the text after "little lamb" to a new line without inserting a bullet point. You start out with this: If you press Enter (or Return) after "little lamb." you get a new line and a new bullet: Your keyboard may have Enter labeled as Return, but don't let that confuse you; they are the same thing. If you don't want to create a new bullet point, use a soft return. A soft return causes the text to drop to the next line automatically without adding a bullet. To force a soft return, hold the Shift key while you press the Enter (or Return) key. It drops the insertion point to the next line without a new bullet and aligns with the text above it. The Shift+Enter Trick Works Elsewhere This tip works for other Microsoft Office suite products, including Word. It's also a typical function for other text-editing software. Put the soft return technique into your bag of keyboard shortcuts to remember whenever you are dealing with bullet points.