How to indent a bulleted list in Gmail message editor with Mac, Chrome & Finnish keyboard?

Bulleted list can be toggled with Shift++8 -> Works OK.

Gmail editor's button has tooltip with shortcuts +[ (indent) +] (de-indent). However, I haven't been able to succesfully do that since in Mac Chrome those shortcuts are mapped for for History -> Back & History -> Forward

Something I've tried:

  • Plain [ & ] can be entered with Alt+7 & Alt+8 on my keyboard
  • +[ & +]: History -> Back & History -> Forward
  • Alt++7 / Alt++8 : Nothing
  • Shift+Alt++7 / Shift+Alt++7 : Selects previous/next tab
  • +7 : Changes to 7th tab
  • +/ (in Finnish keyboard +Shift7) : Opens "Help" menu at Mac menu bar.

Not so crucial but would speed up email writing every now and then.

  • BTW: I tried to tag this with "indentation" & "finnish-keyboard" but don't have enough reputation here. Please feel free to tag with those if you think those would be relevant :)
    – Touko
    Oct 23, 2013 at 7:49
  • I have the same problem with my German Mac keyboard and Firefox. There, plain [ and ] are entered via Alt+5 and Alt+6, but in combination with ⌘, nothing happens. Dec 30, 2013 at 9:09
  • Revisited this. Command+[ & Command+] seem to be History->Back & History->Forward in Chrome. Hmm...
    – Touko
    Mar 17, 2014 at 14:10
  • hmm command+[/] is working for me
    – chrismarx
    Apr 28, 2014 at 20:50
  • 1
    Unfortunately, even the "Custom Keyboard Shortcuts" Lab doesn't have options to change the keys for indent.
    – ale
    Oct 4, 2014 at 14:50

4 Answers 4


I am able to use the following shortcuts:

  • Indent: Command + }
  • Outdent: Command + { or Enter
  • This worked for me! May 10, 2019 at 15:51
  • For me (with Finnish keyboard) that doesn't work. On Finnish keyboard { and } are got with Shift+Alt+8 and Shift+Alt+8, so probably modifiers mess that up or something
    – Touko
    Sep 25, 2020 at 16:15
  • Does not work on a German keyboard. Feb 5, 2021 at 18:44

Original poster suggested following key combination to type a bullet (·):

Shift + option + 8

For some reason, that does not work for me (macOS Sierra & Finnish keyboard layout). I get a bullet by pressing following keys:

Shift + option + .

I hope this helps if anybody else has same problem.

  • To clarify a bit, for me <kbd>Shift</kbd>+<kbd>⌘</kbd>+<kbd>8</kbd> does not type a bullet but starts/toggles a bullet list.
    – Touko
    Nov 13, 2018 at 14:38

To indent further inside, you press Tab.

To indent outside, i.e. to decrease indent, you just press Enter with the bullet being empty.

  • 3
    In my gmail, if I press Tab while on a bullet point, the focus is moved out from the message text field to Send button. Enter on an empty bullet works for decreasing indent
    – Touko
    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:15

Yes there are various shortcuts available for indenting the bullet list in gmail message editor with Mac.These shortcut keys are like :- Ctrl+shift+7 is the shortcut key for numbered list. Ctrl+shift+8 is the shortcut key for a bullet list. The above both the shortcut keys are useful for the Google Docs also.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.