It seems if you change the list style (e.g. Roman numbered, or square bullets) in Google Docs for a list at a certain level, other sub-lists at the same level are also changed. For example, you can't have:

  1. Seek
    1. thimbles
    2. care
  2. Pursue
    • forks
    • hope

as changing the first sub-list to numbered also changes the second, and changing the second sub-list to bulleted also changes the first. What are the possible ways of having sub-lists with different styles, changing both list type and marker?


You can't make a change of the set, because the whole subset is linked. This can be seen by clicking on the subset number:

First, you need to reset the main set to unlink the subset. This can be done by clicking behind the main set and restarting the numbering:

Now you can see that subset is not linked anymore:

And can be changed independently:

  • So the key is that restarting numbering on a numbered list can separate the style of that list and later sub-lists? And if the parent is a bulleted list, you have to change it to a numbered list, renumber and then change it back to a bulleted list? – outis Feb 2 at 9:23
  • It looks like another key is that restarting numbering on the 1st element won't unlink the style, but will instead affect all other linked lists at the same level. Instead, a dummy element must be added before the element to change, which can be deleted after renumbering. – outis Feb 2 at 9:29
  • Also, renumbering can be done by clicking twice (slowly, not double-clicking) on a list marker to select just it, then right-clicking for a context menu. – outis Feb 2 at 9:33

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