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Microsoft PowerPoint 2004

Working with Bulleted and Numbered Text

PowerPoint allows you to number or bullet any selected text. Bulleting and numbering is useful when creating lists or instructions.

Return to TopAdding Bullets and Numbers to Text

Formatting Palette Option

  1. On the desired slide, select the text that you would like to add bullets or numbering to

  2. To add bullets, on the Formatting Palette, in the Bullets and Numbering section, click BULLETSBullets button
    OR
    To add numbering, on the Formatting Palette, in the Bullets and Numbering section, click NUMBERING Numbering button

  3. To deactivate a bullet or numbering function,
    1. Select the appropriate text
    2. On the Formatting Palette, in the Bullets and Numbering section, click BULLETS or NUMBERING, respectively

Keyboard Option

  1. For a bulleted list, type an asterisk (*) where you would like the list to begin
    OR
    For a numbered list, type a letter or number, (e.g., A or 1), and a period where you would like the list to begin

  2. Press [tab] and then create the first line of text

  3. Press [return]
    An asterisk will turn into a bullet, and the next line will begin with a bullet, or the next letter or number, (e.g., B or 2).

Return to TopSpacing between Bullets/Numbers and Text

  1. If the ruler is not already displayed, from the View menu, select Ruler
    The ruler appears above and to the side of the selected slide.

  2. Select the bulleted or numbered text you wish to alter

  3. At the top of the slide, adjust the left indent marginRuleruntil the desired spacing is achieved

Return to TopChanging the Format of Bullets and Numbers

Accessing the Bullets and Numbering Dialog Box

  1. Select the bulleted or numbered text you wish to alter
    OR
    Place the cursor where you would like a bulleted or numbered list to appear

  2. From the Format menu, select Bullets and Numbering...
    The Bullets and Numbering dialog box appears.

Altering Bullets

  1. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, select the Bulleted tab
    Bullets and Numbering dialog box

  2. Select the style of bullet you would like to use

  3. To alter the size of the bullets, in the Size text box, use the arrows to select the desired value

  4. To change the color of the bullets, from the Color pull-down list, select a color
    NOTE: To learn more about using and creating color in PowerPoint, refer Using the Colors Dialog Box.

  5. OPTIONAL: To select a picture bullet from the gallery or to import a picture from your own file, click PICTURE...

  6. Click OK

Altering Numbering

  1. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, select the Numbered tab
    Bullets and Numbering dialog box

  2. Select the style of numbering you would like to use

  3. To alter the size of the numbering, in the Size text box, use the arrows to select the desired value

  4. To change the color of the numbering, from the Color pull-down list, select a color
    NOTE: To learn more about using and creating color in PowerPoint, refer to Using the Colors Dialog Box.

  5. To determine at which number your list will start, in the Start at text box, use the arrows to select the desired number

  6. Click OK

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