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I need help understanding how to promote and demote a bullet-ed list? I am having to use a lot of copy and paste to get each tier of the bullet list correct. Please help!

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Hello Gregory,

Thanks for posting! You can promote and demote bullets in a list using the tab key. If you hit tab, it will create a sublist with a new bullet style. Hope this helps!

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Promoting the bullet is easy! What about demoting? Delete just deletes the bullet rather than demote.

Gregory P 0 votes
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Hi Gregory,

To demote, simply hit the enter key a second time from a promoted line, and it will move back into the previous line. Thanks for posting!

Abby S 0 votes
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Hi there. Once bullet point has been demoted I can't promote it. It changes the type of bullet when hitting Tab but also moves along the line and I can't get it left aligned.

Mathieu G 0 votes
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Hi Mathieu, thanks for reaching out in the community! Yes, when you use tab it will change the bullet type and move it forward, this is so you can differentiate between the two levels of bullets. If you want to switch the bullet type overall and aren't wanting to promote any bullets you can do that by accessing the toolbar in the screenshot I included below. Hope this helps! 

Maison W 0 votes
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Thank you, Maison. Once I'm in the "second level" - of bullets, I can't left align to the first level even if I change the bullet type to Disced

Mathieu G 0 votes
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Hitting "enter" should push that promoted bullet back to the first level of bullets. Does this not occur when you hit "enter"? If your first level isn't aligned to the left you can switch this by changing the alignment of the text. If you take a look at the screenshot below you can see how I have my bullets set to be aligned to the left, and after creating a bullet on the second level, hitting "enter" pushed my bullet back to the first level so I could add another bullet there. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Maison W 0 votes
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You can enter a new line by hitting CTRL+Enter. To then demote bullets in a list, use the tab key. If you hit tab, it will create a sublist with a new bullet style. Hope this helps!

Megan W 0 votes
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Tab and Shift+Tab work well in simple shape, but fail in shapes with multiple text boxes. 

It would be great if Tab indented if the cursor was at the beginning of the line, or the entire line was selected. This is how word processors do it. 

Gabriel R 2 votes
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Found this while looking for a solution to Gabriel's point: Tab doesn't work for indenting/promoting bullet points in Tables, it just moves to a different cell.

Maison W please share this issue with your development team. A solution like what Gabriel suggested (Tab indents if cursor is at start of a line in a bulleted list, instead of cycling to different table cells) or a different keyboard shortcut (Shift + Alt + right arrow... or something similar) would be great.

Zach A 1 vote
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Hi all, 

Thanks for continuing this thread! Unfortunately, when it comes to tables, it is currently not possible to demote bullet points to create sub-levels as the key “Tab” is used to navigate between cells. However, you should be able to create new bullet points in a table by pressing Command + Return  / Control + Enter. 

While what you are trying to do is not currently supported in Lucidchart, we are always looking for ways to improve Lucidchart, and your feedback is the best way for us to do that. If you would like to see the ideas you suggested to promote/demote bullet points in tables implemented in the future, please add them to our feature request form. Ideas submitted to this form are passed on to the product development team for their consideration.

Thanks for your request!

Flavia D 0 votes
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