How to Make Bullet Point Lists With Indents in Apple Notes App

Apple Notes is a great note-taking app that comes pre-installed on all Apple devices. It has powerful features for organizing information, including the ability to create bulleted lists. You can indent list items to create visual hierarchy and structure.

This article will teach you how to:

  • Create basic bulleted lists
  • Indent list items to create nested lists
  • Change indentation with swipe gestures
  • Manually increase/decrease indentation

Creating Basic Bulleted Lists

To create a basic bulleted list in the Notes app:

  1. Open the Notes app and create a new note or select an existing note
  2. Tap anywhere in the note where you want to add the list
  3. Tap the Bulleted list button (looks like a bulleted list icon)
  4. Start typing your list items, pressing Return after each item

This will create a basic bulleted list. Each time you press Return, a new bulleted item will be added.


  • Item 1
  • Item 2
  • Item 3

Indenting List Items to Create Nested Lists

You can indent list items to create nested (hierarchical) lists for more organized notes.

There are two easy ways to indent list items – with swipe gestures or manually:

Indent/Outdent with Swipe Gestures

  • Swipe right on a list item to indent it
  • Swipe left on an indented item to outdent it

This allows you to quickly reorganize your lists on the fly.


  • Main Item 1
    • Sub-item 1
    • Sub-item 2
  • Main Item 2

Manually Increase/Decrease Indentation

You can also manually control the indentation level of each item:

  1. Tap and hold the list item
  2. Tap Indentation in the menu
  3. Tap Increase or Decrease indentation

This gives you precise control over the indentation level.

Formatting Tips

Here are some additional formatting tips for creating structured lists in Notes:

  • Add headings – Use the Heading style to separate major sections
  • Bold key items – Bold important list items to make them stand out
  • Use line breaks – Tap Shift + Return to add line breaks without starting new items
  • Create checklists – Tap the Checklist button to add checkboxes
  • Add images – Drag and drop images to illustrate key points

Sharing and Exporting Lists

The lists you create in Notes can be shared with others or exported out of the app:

  • Share notes – Tap the Share button in a note to share as a webpage, PDF, or plain text
  • Export notes – Tap the Export button to save notes as PDFs, DOCX, plain text, and more

This allows you to repurpose your Notes content into other apps and formats.


The Apple Notes app makes organizing information with nested bulleted lists simple. Just use swipe gestures or manual indentation controls to create the desired structure. Then apply other formatting like headings, text styles, images, and checklists to make important points stand out.

With these tips, you’ll be creating structured, professional-looking lists to organize your thoughts in Apple Notes.