PowerPoint Bulleted Lists

This PowerPoint Bulleted Lists tutorial will show you how to create and format PowerPoint bulleted lists in your presentation. Bulleted lists are an effective way to display the most important information you have to share.

The best way to prepare text on PowerPoint slides is not to write paragraph after paragraph. No on wants to have to read a narrative on your slides. Instead, do you viewers a favor by placing your most important points in bulleted lists.

Bulleted lists contain the key points you want to make in your presentation. You can format bulleted lists by using different styles of bullets. You can even use graphics for bullets.

PowerPoint Bulleted Lists: Apply a Standard Bullet Style

Click a text placeholder so it will open for editing. Click and drag to select the text you want to format and bullet. To select all of the text, you can click on the border of the placeholder.

Click Format. Click Bullets and Numbering from the drop-down menu.

PowerPoint format bulleted list

The Bullets and Numbering dialog box will appear with several options.

The easiest thing to do is to simply click on a bullet style that you like and then click OK. The bullet style will be applied to the selected bulleted text on your slide. The other options for bulleted lists are below.

Bullets and Numbering dialog box

  1. Color - From the drop-down menu, select a color for you bullet

  2. Size - you can adjust the size of your bullet in relation to the size of the text. If you want a bullet that is larger than the text, choose something greater than 100%. If you want a smaller bullet, choose less than 100%

  3. Bullets and Numbering Tab - For a bulleted or unordered list, be certain the Bullet tab is selected. For a numbered list, select Numbering

  4. Picture - Use this to use a different graphic for your bullets or to import your own.

  5. Customize - Use this to customize the bullet from selecting from additional shapes.

After making you selections on the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, click OK to apply your changes to the bulleted list.

Bullets and Numbering dialog box

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