The shortcuts page in the PowerPoint docs does not mention any shortcuts for formatting a paragraph as bullets/numbered - and how to then reset a paragraph back to normal/un-bulletted.

I am guessing such shortcuts do exist .. does anyone happen to know them?


Because PowerPoint brings up a dialog showing several options, it seems the best that can be done is to create a custom shortcut to the dialog then select the desired formatting. 😕

To create a custom keyboard shortcut for PowerPoint:

Open the System Preferences either by searching Spotlight, clicking the  Menu, selecting from the dock or your favorite method of getting to it.

  • Select Keyboard in the settings (Typically on the second row of icons)
  • Select the Shortcuts tab
  • Select App Shortcuts from the list on the left
  • Click the + button at the bottom
  • Change the Applicaton: to Microsoft PowerPoint.app using the dropdown
  • type EXACTLY as the command appears in PowerPoint's Format Menu. In this case Bullets and Numbering… ← Note that is not 3 dots but an ellipsis. Type +; or use the Character Viewer if needed to get it.
  • In the Keyboard Shortcut input type the desired shortcut. As an example: B

Now, back in PowerPoint select the paragraph and evoke the dialog with the shortcut. Unfortunately, Microsoft does not allow (that I can find) keyboard navigation of this dialog to select the desired bullet style so one will have to use the mouse at this point.
EDIT: Note that one can change Full Keyboard Access in the Keyboard settings. Changing to All Controls may allow navigating using the tab key in the bullets dialog box.

See illustration below.

Keyboard shortcut settings

Shortcut added

  • Ouch .. resorting to a custom shortcut.. and then we still need to use the mouse.. Well i'll upvote for your effort to have explained this, but will still hold out a bit for any alternative. If none found then eventually will award here.. for being (unfortunately) the correct answer Nov 27 '17 at 21:06
  • Yup, I hear you. You can thank Microsoft for that. Perhaps send them some product feedback. See my update on the change to Full Keyboard Access to try to manipulate the dialog box with the tab key.
    – bjbk
    Nov 27 '17 at 21:08
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    Full Keyboard Access does actually work .. but it is a lot of tabbing .. which makes it of dubious value. Nov 27 '17 at 21:21
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    Actually this works better than anticipated: after changing to single shortcut then there are only three more keystrokes required - 2 or 3 tabs and then enter. Oh btw no need for Character Viewer: you already did that. I just cut and paste from your answer above. Nov 27 '17 at 21:37
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    On US keyboards you can use option+; to type ellipsis. It might be similar on other layouts. Nov 28 '17 at 3:17


It's clunky, but it works and it fits the hand surprisingly well.

Works in PowerPoint 2019 as well.

  • Hi - i'd like to understand what you're suggesting. What do you mean by Alt ? I'm on Macos. What is 'H' (is that help ?) I can't get off the ground on this suggestion. Please describe each of those keystrokes in turn: is it Alt of is it Option or is it something else. Do we first hit H then U etc. Feb 8 '19 at 16:59
  • Try option on a Mac? If that doesn't work I'm not sure. But the other keys are what they are. It's just an H. Between G and J.
    – Daniel
    Feb 9 '19 at 17:07
  • While Alt is typically understood as Option on mac I did try the above and it completely does not work at all. Are you actually using a mac ? Feb 9 '19 at 19:21

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