What spacing should you use for bulleted lists and paragraphs

The reason for using bulleted lists and paragraphs is to isolate and group information, so you want to use plenty of white space. Here's a bulleted list that does just about everything wrong:

After 3 months of examining your records for the past year, we have found the following: •Your marketing division is systematically hiding its losses each month—totaling $300,000 for the past 6 months alone.

•The division manager and her assistant appear be the only people involved.

•There were no other major discrepancies. The attached report discusses these three findings.

Not effective, is it? I suggest double spacing between bulleted items (especially if any one of them is more than a line long). Here are some other tips on spacing:

indent .5" from margin align with TEXT above, not bullet symbol indent .2" from bullet symbol

After 3 months of examining your records for the past year, we have found the following:

■ Yonr marketing division is systematically 'hiding its losses each month—totaling $300,000 for the past 6 months alone.

• The division manager and her assistant appear to be the only people involved.

^-There were no other major discrepancies.

The attached report discusses these findings.

This spacing will help you "show off" your list so it can gain the attention it deserves.

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