WordPress Ninja: How To Add Spacing Between Bullet Points & Numbered Lists

UPDATE: APRIL 26, 2017





I don’t know about you but I was always frustrated not being able to add spacing between my bullet points and numbered lists!

Especially numbered lists, I would try all sorts of different ways to try to add spacing between the numbered items and never found a solution.

It got to a point that I don’t use the numbered lists at all and just type “#1) Text text text.” in paragraph form.

I found this especially annoying when I wanted to add explanation to the bullet points or the numbered lists and couldn’t add line spacing between each explanation, resulting in a big block of text.  Yuck!

But alas boys and girls, I found a solution to both!  I say both because it’s not the same solution for bullet points and numbered lists.  Why would they be the same right?  That would be too easy! LOL


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In this post, you will learn three things:

  1. How to add spacing between bullet points.
  2. How to add spacing between numbered lists.
  3. What to do when you add spacing between paragraphs or sections but it doesn’t work.




I have a video walk through of all three items!  I love making videos for learning purposes because I can show you in action rather than you just reading screen shots.  Here’s a 6 minute video to show you how to solve the three problems mentioned above:

Link to Video to show how to add spacing to bullet points and numbered lists in WordPress





If you can’t view the video for some reason or you’re not at a place where you can listen to my video, then here are the easy steps and screen shots to solve those problems for you!



Step 1:  Go to the end of your first bullet point and press “Enter“.


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Step 2:  By doing Step 1, you will get a new bullet point, leave your cursor where it is and click on the Bullet button to clear that Bullet point.

WordPress Adding Space Between Bullet Points


Step 3:  After Step 2, you can preview your post to see if you like that much spacing.  For me, I don’t like this much spacing so what I do is delete this line with the “Delete” button, all while keeping the cursor where it is at.

WordPress Adding Space Between Bullet Points


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After this last step, you can preview your post to see a nice one line space after your bullet points!  You just have to repeat the same steps above if you have even more bullet points.




Step 1:  Adding a space between numbered lists requires a little coding.  Don’t worry, I promise it’s easy!!  Click on your Text tab of your WordPress editor like shown here:

WordPress Adding Space Between Numbered Lists


Step 2:  Find where your numbered list coding is, go to the end of your first numbered item but before the </li> tag and add this to the code: <p />

Do this for each of your numbered list items like shown here:

WordPress Adding Space Between Numbered Lists



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That’s it!  If you go back to the “Visual” tab, your numbered items will have spacing between them.  It may look really spacious in the Editor View, but if you preview your post, it should look like there’s only one line spacing between each item.

Here is what they look like side by side:


If Step 2 doesn’t work for you, here’s an alternative code you can use:  style=”padding-bottom: 18px;” – but instead of placing this code at the end of each numbered item, you place it in the beginning of the numbered item inside the <li> tag like this:

Alternative code for Spacing Between Numbered List Items

Therefore, you insert the code at the beginning <li> tag, you need to add a space then that code to make it <li style=”padding-bottom: 18px;”>.  You will copy and paste into each numbered item except the last one.

When you copy to the other numbered items, make sure you don’t forget the last quotation mark before the closing greater sign.  I forgot the last quotation once and wondered why it didn’t work.

You can also adjust the spacing size by edited the 18px to something else you like, and if you want your numbered items justified align you can add it like this:

<li style=”padding-bottom: 18px; text-align: justify;”>




Do you ever try adding spacing between your paragraphs or sections of your blog, and for some reason, when you preview it or publish it, the spaces don’t appear?

This problem I had for a long time and I finally figured why this is.  It’s my formatting!

If you have your blog post or page formatted to right, center, left, or justify aligned, the spacing between the paragraphs will also have them.


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To do this, just put your cursor where the line space is, then un-click the formatting buttons that it has been set to.

For example, I use justify alignment a lot, so if my line spacing doesn’t show in preview mode, I just put my cursor on the line space in question (which will show that my justify button is pressed down on my toolbar), then I just click on that justify button again to clear it, thus, allowing the line space to show up on my blog post.

That’s it! 🙂



I hope this little tutorial was helpful to you and that you can use my WordPress tips here!  This will make your posts look so much better with the added white space between your bullet points and numbered lists.  🙂

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22 Responses to WordPress Ninja: How To Add Spacing Between Bullet Points & Numbered Lists

  1. Stijn January 25, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    My god, finally 😀 I’ve been having the same bullet point list problem for some time now and I’ve always looked for a way around it so I just wouldn’t use bullet points anymore. I kind of worked it into a habit , but your clear explanation (I especially like the screenshots) just took away all reasons for not using them anymore. Thanks!

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm #

      Haha, I’m so glad you found this helpful!! I hope you were able to see the video too. It helps with the screen shots I think since it’s more clear than in the video.

      I’m just so glad I can be of help and I hope you will start using bullet points and numbered lists again! 🙂

      • Susan Millard September 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

        I followed this advice and it worked, but then disappeared when I went back to visual or updated the edits. This also happens when I inserted a line by shift/enter.

        • Grace September 28, 2017 at 8:53 am #

          You may be using my old instructions. On the very top of this blog, I tell you to go to my Updated post on this problem. See here for easy access.

  2. Brent January 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    YEs, I have had this problem and you have came to the rescue in solving it. thank you very much for this tutorial. I get so hung up in the post itself that I generally don’t even try to find a solution. I know that Google likes lists though so I try to to do them. thank you for this.

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 26, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Yay! So glad to have helped another person with this common problem! You’d think WordPress would update it so they’ll just space out nicely.

      Hope you’ll be using lots of bullets and lists again!

  3. Kirk January 25, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

    I remember when i too struggled to find out how to add space between bullet points and numbering list It is good that people like you are here to share these information with those of us who have not yet learned or have forgotten.

    Nice Post

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

      Thank you Kirk, so glad you can use this to help you in the future with lists and bullet points! Grateful you have found my post about this and can learn from it. Wishing you all the best in the future!


  4. Tyson January 26, 2017 at 5:03 am #

    Wow, such a nice post, I found this so valuable, I look forward to seeing more article from you, excited!

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks Tyson glad you liked this post, hope you come visit again! 🙂 I always have tips and tricks here.

      Have a great day!

  5. Anis Chity January 26, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Grace whenever I want write the pros and cons of a product I always have this problem that makes me try to use less words

    Did not even bother to look for a solution, did not know there was a little and simple trick like this!

    Thanks for sharing and have a great day! 🙂

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

      You’re so welcome Anis and so glad I can help yet another person with this! I hope you’ll be so comfortable in the future to keep using bullets and numbered lists as they are really fun to use. Now you’ll be able to write as much as you want for each pros and cons for your future reviews!

      Best to you,

  6. EJ January 27, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    Hello Grace, the teacher in you is manifesting. Thank you for that practical and useful video on the how to to add spacing using our WP. The bullet one is a definite for me. It’s amazing how easier thing become once you know how to.

    Just a query, (a little off the subject), but pertinent to spacing. What about images and reducing the ‘extra space’ around them for a neater finish. Another video perhaps?

    • Grace | Work Anywhere Now January 27, 2017 at 9:26 am #

      Thank you EJ, you are too kind with your words. All I want to do is share my knowledge to help others… these little tricks I find to help me, I know it can help others too especially beginners. We are always learning and this is one way for me to give to gladly give to others. 🙂

      Your question about the spacing around images is a good one. I will sure hope I can do another video in the near future to help you with that!

      Thanks for the suggestion,

  7. Ray June 22, 2017 at 3:58 am #

    Oh Thank you so so much! I was getting pretty frustrated with spacing my points. You just saved the rest of my hair from being pulled out lol. Thanks.

    • Grace June 22, 2017 at 10:21 am #

      You’re so welcome Ray, I hope you have seen my updated dated post here about this issue because since WordPress updated, my instructions in this post doesn’t work anymore. But the formula in my updated post will work for sure now and through future updates.

      Thanks for visiting!

  8. Jess July 19, 2017 at 12:25 am #

    Thanks so much! This was SO helpful :)) Can’t believe it took me so long dealing with it and never taking the time to look up lol.

    • Grace July 19, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Jess, thanks for visiting and so happy to have helped you with this long time problem! Lol. Hope you will use this going forward!


  9. Evarist Vella August 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    Hey Grace,
    I tried all of them but none of the tips were working for me I don’t know why. But I found a way to sort of fix it simpler you might like to know or others scrolling through that suck with coding like me haha.

    Well what I did was Press shift + enter that gives you a small line but when you go to see it with the preview button it stays looking the same so what I did was.

    in that line I typed something I went with just a ‘.’ without the brackets and colored it the same as my background so it wouldn’t be seen. strangely it actually worked for now.

    Hope it helps someone out ba byes 😀

    • Grace August 31, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

      Hi Evarist,

      In the beginning of my post, I had an update to go to a newer post because of WP’s updates, the instructions on this page will no longer work.

      Try the instructions here!

      I’m glad you got a different solution anyway,

  10. Sandra October 7, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Hi! I’m using 2 layers of number list here. I’ve tried the it worked! But just only for the second layer of the number list.

    Here’s how it looks like:

    1. text text text
    1. text text text

    2. text text text

    3. text text text

    2. text text text
    1. text text text

    2. text text text

    3. text text text

    3.text text text
    1. text text text

    2. text text text

    3. text text text

    How can add spacing between the 1. and 1., 2. and 1. and 3. and 1. ?

    • Grace October 7, 2017 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Sandra,

      Yes that is true and I’m not sure why. Others have expressed the same and I don’t know how to get that part fixed, sorry. 🙂

      WP is a bit funky like that and it’s not perfect. I actually don’t know coding that well and I haven’t had the need to find out about this type of spacing.

      Perhaps there is another coding fix for this and I will try to find out.

      Thanks for visiting,

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