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Put just the right space between bullets and list items
Most software, by default, leaves too much space between the bullet and the text.

Most software, by default, leaves too much space between the bullet and the text. You can adjust this to bring them closer.

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  • Like other default settings, the default bulleted text tool in some word processing and desktop publishing software programs puts too large a gap between the bullet and the text. Adjust the spacing but do leave some space — bullets that are too close to the text can hinder readability.

  • Bullets lose their effectiveness if they are too far away from the text they are meant to emphasize. You want to be close, but not too close.
Avoiding big gaps between bullets and the text is an example of proximity, one of the principles of design.

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