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How can I make a multiple level bulleted list in Confluence?

I'm trying to use a multiple level bulleted list, but I cannot find the way to do this.

In older Confluence versions you could use this wiki syntax

* First bullet level
** Second bullet level

which rendered a bullet for the first level and a different bullet icon also indented for the second level.


In recent confluence versions, if you type that syntax, you get this;

  • First bullet level

** Second bullet level


The same problem happens with older mixed levels, like ## or #*, etc.

I can't believe that this feature is not available any longer in Confluence editor. Is it really?

4 answers

Click 'Tab' next to the bullet you want to indent and it will go in one level. 

Nope, it works with more than 1 level. Just tested.

Agreed I realized this the other day - I edited my note.  Thanks!

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Thanks for your tip also, I wouldn't find that it's as simple as Tab :)

Just checked - this is now working using tab, which is great. 

Of no consolation to the six months of single-indent documentation I've generated though! =)

At least in my 6.15.9, I cannot indent the first item in a list.

I would often like

* Main point
        * Secondary Point 1
                [Picture here]
        * Secondary Point 2

but apparently I can't indent "Secondary Point 2" (i.e. it ignores tabs and the indent button), so I get 

* Main point
        * Secondary Point 1
                [Picture here]
* Secondary Point 2

As explained in
I confirm that subsequent levels in lists doesn't work anymore...

Indent button is just a visual workaround but doesn't fix the issue.. Any other way to force a subsequent level ?

(I use Confluence 5.9.2)


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Thomas_Schlegel Community Leader Feb 15, 2016

Hi Miguel,

use the indent button on the editor header.


Dear Thomas,


indenting a bullet doesn't change its style as it worked in previous versions or numbered lists where it changes from 1,2,3 to a,b,c and so on. It just indents it.



Like Manojna Kalapala likes this

Why there is no help on this topic from Atlasssian moderators.? This is most searched topic yet no help.

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For me - bullets and numbered lists will not indent at all. They are tied to the first indention and do not respond to the indent button, or align properly with other indented text, making them rather limited.

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Yes, I am also facing the same issue. While documenting a 3rd or 4th sub level content, only the content indentation works. If I add a bulleted style, lo behold! It gets dragged to the left again.

Like Barry St.John likes this

I found I could add a symbol.  There is one that resembles the top level bullet, but it's slightly smaller.  Making it bold helps some.  The symbol can survive the indent.  Not ideal but it's better than nothing.

Same problem, there is no way to achieve the nested bullet list in confluence cloud. Before I could do it with markup or using tabs, but none of this work in new version of confluence. Will it ever be added?

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