Create White Space between items in bullet list

Some times I deal with a bullet list of requirements and I respond to each one with how I can meet the requirements.
Is there a MACRO or can a MACRO be written that will create white space between items in a bullet list to give me space for my responses. so that I don’t have to repeat enter the return/enter key?

I would like the MACRO to be used on any word processor or text editor .


This might get you started: the macro [TM] Double Space Lines of Highlighted Text.kmmacros (8.2 KB) from that page will create a single white space between bulleted items; however, it does not work perfectly in all applications (I wrote it for plain text in TextEdit, no thought of other apps, sorry!) There are surely other (better) methods.

Thank You. I will give it a a try and see what happens.

What do you do now manually to create the extra white space between bullets?

If this is consistently repeatable, you can just create a macro that inserts the keystrokes using the "Type a Keystroke" Action.

I'm not sure that this is possible, because different apps treat bullets in different ways.
But what you may be able to do is find a workflow/macro that works with the apps you use most often.
What are your most often used apps where you need this?

Here is an example Macro that was designed for, and only test in, the TextEdit app.

###Example Using TextEdit
###Before Macro

####After Macro
Notification Popup

Whitespace Added

###MACRO:   Add White Space Between Bullets @Example

~~~ VER: 1.0    2017-03-01 ~~~

Add White Space Between Bullets @Example.kmmacros (4.7 KB)



PURPOSE: Insert white space (blank lines) between bullet lines


  1. Open App to document location where you have a bullet list
  • NOTE: This has been tested ONLY with TextEdit app.
  • You may need to adjust for other apps.
  1. Trigger this macro
  2. Position the text cursor at the END of the Bullet line where you want to insert the white space
  3. Press ⌃↩ to continue the macro
  4. Macro inserts blank lines and creates a sub-bullet ready for you to type.



  • Any Action in magenta color is designed to be changed by end-user
  • This macro uses Google Search and Google Chrome, but can be easily changed


  • To facilitate the reading, customizing, and maintenance of this macro,
    key Actions are colored as follows:
  • GREEN -- Key Comments designed to highlight main sections of macro
  • MAGENTA -- Actions designed to be customized by user
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(1) Keyboard Maestro Ver 7.3+
(2) Yosemite (10.10.5)+

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