How to make Tab increase indent in MS Word?

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  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    For bulleted lists, I used to be able to hit Tab to increase indent and create a 'sub'-list. But now, it doesn't work anymore.

    How do I fix this to make it work?
  2. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Did you enter down to the next line after starting your bullet list? The next bullet should appear automatically, and you should be able to tab from there.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Actually, you should be able to just hit the increase tab icon on the top or in the format panel. I am in word right now and mine works. I can create at least 5 sub categories in a bullet list.
    Did you restart?
  4. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    Does not work.

    I want to be able to use the Tab key on my keyboard.
  5. piersb macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    Put a check in
    Word > Preferences > Edit > Tabs & Backspace Set Left Indent.

    Solved the problem for me.
  6. dodss macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2013

    I'm having the same problem. I've followed all the advice on this page so far and nothing has changed.

    I use the Notebook layout on Microsoft Word and it used to work perfectly. One day, the tab button stopped indenting the bullet points and now just doesn't work.
  7. DoLittleDoc, Jun 28, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013

    DoLittleDoc macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2008
    Word 2011 solution to tab indent problem

    The solution in Word 2011 is similar to what piersb said, "Put a check in
    Word > Preferences > Edit > Tabs & Backspace Set Left Indent." Except need to check the "Tabs & Backspace Set Left Indent" box after clicking AutoCorrrect in Word Preferences and selecting the "AutoFormat as You Type" tab :)
  8. guruholz macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2014
    Thank you!

    Worked perfectly! Thanks so much! :)

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