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How do I remove the bullet format from a list in Mail?

2778 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2013 4:59 AM by ThomasRussell RSS
Aurel Griesser Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
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Aug 20, 2011 9:30 PM

In Mail, I have a paragraph which 'is' a bulleted list item. I want to remove the bullet and make it a normal paragraph. I don't want to copy and paste it unformatted because then I lose the formatting and links. This incredibly simple thing should be trivial, but I've not been able to find an answer yet...


The question is: how to remove the numbered or bulleted list formatting from an existing paragraph?


Thanks in advance,


  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,405 points)

    Is your mail-message in RTF-Format?


    I tried the following:


    click right between the bullet and the first word of your bulleted paragraph and then delete backwards with the delete button, until your paragraph is joined with the privious paragraph. Then insert a new line break and your bulleted paragraph should look like a regular paragraph.


    Hope that helps.


    P.S. What I really wanted to do (and what used to work)  was

         Format -> Lists -> decrease list level

    but that option is grayed out for some reason that I don't understand,  looks like a bug to me

  • SomersetBen Calculating status...

    Start with this...

    • abc
    • def
    • this should not be bulleted


    Do this...

    • go to the end of the 'def' line
    • type a few returns to turn the bullets off
    • type some text


    Get this...

    • abc
    • def



    • this should not be bulleted


    Finish by doing this...

    • put your cursor at the beginning of the last line (inbetween the bullet and "this should...")
    • delete backwards



    • abc
    • def


    this should not be bulleted




  • Sean Lemson Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    This is not working.  If you turn on numbered or bulleted list and you reach the end of the list and you want to go back to regular non-list typing, there's no way to turn lists off.  I believe the old behavior was pressing return once would bring you a new bullet/number, pressing it again would remove the bullet/number.  Now, I can press return all day and just keep getting more and more bullets/numbers.  You cannot select them. Positioning your cursor just to the right of the number/bullet and pressing delete only moves you to the end of your previous list item.  Pressing return again brings the new bullet/number back again.  This is lame.  Not sure how it made it past Apple's QA.  I'm submitting a bug.


    [Edit: I have no idea what happened, but me pressing control-return/command-return/option-return/shift-return in some random combination caused Mail to go back to the old behavior for this message.  Now pressing return twice gets rid of the lists.  Something is fishy.]

  • SomersetBen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The key the the process described is the third bullet in the second list - "type some text". The sequence doesn't work without some text on the line.


    Let me know if this is works



  • Sean Lemson Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)



    What I'm telling you is that your step that says, "type a few returns to turn the bullets off" wasn't working for me.  Every time I pressed return, I'd get a new bullet.  It never turned off.  I'd just get one bullet for every return.


    Now that I've done whatever voodoo fixed it, Mail is now behaving correctly with every new message.  I don't understand it but my problem is fixed.  If anyone else is experiencing this, try pressing return with the various modifier keys held down (control, option, etc).  For me, that fixed whatever rut Mail was stuck in.

  • Amwe Calculating status...

    I tried typing "Option" + "Return" and that did the trick. 

    Still, this is a very non-intuitive fix.  Apple should fix this!

  • MacLombie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to Amwe)

    YES. "Option" + "Return" will both delete a bullet and/or move from one bullet point to the next line without creating a bullet.


    Not intuitive, which is why this is a very common question.


    Nice job, Amwe

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