Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?

I’ve come across this quite a few times now. Whilst working on a long document with several areas with bullet points, it’s obviously more efficient to style the bullet points using Paragraph Styles. However since I can’t predict how much space each bullet point will have or how long each bullet point is then I often come across this problem:
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As you can see the second line aligns itself to the bullet point rather than the content of the bullet point. I’ve tried to use first line indent, left indent, tab position but this does everything but what I’m trying to achieve. See the following screenshots

Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?
Is there a way to align bullet point indent in InDesign paragraph styles?
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There seems to be no obvious option here to achieve what I’m aiming for. Have I overlooked something?


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Method 1

First set Left Indent to where you’d like the text to start from and then set First Line Indent minus that amount.

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Even though Illustrator and Photoshop don’t have a bullet point/list feature like the one in Indesign, this same method can be used to make one in those applications as well. You just gotta manually place the bullet . Then you can adjust the Left indent and First line indent using the Paragraph panel or Paragraph styles > Indent and spacing

Method 2

Insert your cursor after the bullet in the line that wraps and press Cmd/Ctrl + (the backslash key), the default keyboard shortcut for “Indent to Here”. This will align all subsequent lines of text in that same paragraph on the position of the Indent-to-Here code.

It’s a case by case solution but sometimes easier than writing an indent rule.

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