I can't seem to create a Bulleted List in InDesign CC where the first line is not bulleted and do it as a Paragraph Style. I have a whole bunch of blocks of bulleted text which are basically menus. You can create complicated outlines with defined lists as long as you use Numbered Lists. Since the bullets are set at paragraph level, nested character styles won't overwrite just the first line. This seems simple, but I'm stuck.

  • Two paragraph styles... one for bullets one without.
    – Scott
    Apr 23, 2015 at 19:10
  • but I need to be able to format the whole block with one click. I need to automate this project as much as possible
    – clarkland
    Apr 23, 2015 at 20:24
  • Seems to me that information should be part of the question if it's imperative.
    – Scott
    Apr 23, 2015 at 21:07
  • Sorry, I wasn't clear, but that is what I meant by saying "do it as a Paragraph Style, " implying one Style and not two.
    – clarkland
    Apr 23, 2015 at 21:39
  • Just to make sure I'm understanding what you are trying to accomplish - when you say "complicated outlines", you just are describing what you are doing, right? The only "outlines" feature I know of in InDesign is outlining fonts to convert to vector. Are you trying to use some automatic document structure outline feature I'm unaware of?
    – apex
    Apr 24, 2015 at 16:55

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You might make two different paragraph styles. One for the list and one for the heading.

I've also been known to make an additional paragraph style for the last item in the bulleted list with extra space after.

I'm not sure if this is the right answer, but I make mine with multiple paragraph styles.

  • need to be able to do it in one click.
    – clarkland
    Apr 23, 2015 at 20:26

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