How to Add Bullet Points to Google Slides Presentations

Add bullets to quickly make your points

Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating and viewing presentations on the web and iOS and Android smart devices. This free app features a variety of style and formatting features that can be used to make professional-level slides, one of which is its ability to create bullet point lists.

Keep reading to learn how to add bullet-point lists to a Google Slides presentation and get them to look the way you want.

How to Add Bullet Points to Google Slides on the Web

The web version of Google Slides is accessible via the official Google Slides website on any internet web browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, and Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Open a Google Slides presentation and select the text area where you want to place a bullet point list.

    Google Slides with a text area selected
  2. Press More (the ellipsis icon) in the toolbar.

    Google Slides with the More icon highlighted
  3. Select the Bulleted lists symbol.

    Google Slides with the Bulleted List highlighted

    Alternatively, you can also use the Ctrl+Shift+8 keyboard shortcut to begin a bullet list in Google Slides.

  4. The first bullet point appears in the selected text field in Google Slides. Type any word or phrase you want, and then press Enter on the keyboard to create a second item in the list.

    Adding a bullet point list to Google Slides on web.

How to Make Bullet Points in Google Slides on iOS

The official Google Slides iOS app is available for free from the App Store and works on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad smart devices.

  1. Open the Google Slides app on your iOS device and open the presentation you want to edit.

    You can do a two-finger pinch on the screen to zoom in and out of a slide. This is particularly useful on smaller devices such as an iPod touch or iPhone.

  2. Double-tap in the text area where you want to place a bullet to select it.

  3. Tap the bullet point icon on the toolbar to place the first bullet in the text box.

    Google Slides iOS app with bullet in text box
  4. Type your chosen word or phrase and then tap Return on the keyboard to move to the next line and begin another entry.

  5. When you're finished with your list, tap the check mark in the top left corner.

  6. Tap the area outside of the slide to view it without any editing guides.

    Google Slides iOS app showing bullet option

How to Make Bullet Points in Google Slides on Android

Google Slides is available as an app for Android smartphones and tablets and is free to download from the Google Play Store.

  1. Open the Google Slides app on your Android device and tap the project you want to edit.

  2. Locate the text area where you want to place a bullet point list and double-tap to select it.

  3. From the toolbar, tap the bullet point list icon to create the first entry.

    Google Slides Android app showing bullet point icon

    All edits to Google Slides save automatically in the background so you don't need to manually save after making changes.

  4. Type the text for the first point in the list and tap Enter on the keyboard to begin the second item. Repeat until you've completed your list.

  5. When you've added all the points to the list, tap the blue checkmark in the top-left corner.

  6. Tap outside of the slide to remove all visual guides.

    Google Slides app for Android

How to Add a Bullet Point List Within a Bullet Point List

Adding mini lists inside of a main bullet point list can be a great way to organize different points or subjects and make your presentation easier to understand for the viewer. Here's how to do it on the web, iOS, and Android.

  • Web: To make a mini list within the main list in the web version of Google Slides, simply tap the Tab key when starting a new point. Double-tap Enter to return to the main list of bullet points.
  • iOS: To create a list within a list on the Google Slides iOS app, tap in the indent icon next to the bullet point icon in the toolbar while typing. It's the one that looks like a triangle pointing to the right of three horizontal lines sandwiched between two larger lines. To return to the main list, tap the indent icon that has the triangle pointing to the left.
  • Android: The Google Slides app on Android also allows for mini lists to be created within the main list. While typing in the main list, tap the indent icon in the toolbar with the triangle pointing to the right. Tap the indent icon pointing to the left to go back to the main list.

The indent icons will only be visible while you're typing in the Google Slides presentation. If you can't see it, double-tap on a text area within the list you want to edit.

Can I Make a Numbered List in Google Slides?

In addition to bullet-point lists, Google Slides also supports numbered lists and a variety of other list styles. The numbered list icon is typically located next to the bullet point list icon on the toolbar when a text area is selected or you are actively typing.

If you can't find the numbered list icon on the iOS or Android app, tap on the Format icon (the one that looks like an A next to four lines) and then tap on Paragraph to bring it up.

Do Google Slides Lists Work in Microsoft PowerPoint?

All formatting made within Google Slides, including bullet point lists, is fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint. Adding bullet points or numbered lists to a Google Slides presentation shouldn't cause any formatting errors or glitches when converting to a PowerPoint file.

How to Use Bullet Points in Google Slides Presentations

Bullet point lists can be useful in a presentation when you need to convey a lot of information at once in an easy-to-understand and quick-to-read style that doesn't necessarily rank ideas in order of importance or value.

Here are some examples of topics where bullet point lists can come in handy:

  • Ingredients in a food recipe.
  • Side effects of medication.
  • Compatible or incompatible hardware.
  • A shopping list.
  • Main points to remember from a speech.
  • A list of examples such as this one.

Here are some situations where numbered lists might work better:

  • A series of instructions or steps.
  • A ranking of importance or value.
  • When communicating a specific order of events.

Give it a try and make your point in a crisp, clear way.

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