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Microsoft PowerPoint 2008

Working with Bulleted and Numbered Text

PowerPoint 2008 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. Select the slide with the desired text

  2. Select the text that you would like to add bullets or numbering to

  3. If the Formatting Palette is not visible, click TOOLBOXToolbox button

  4. To add bullets, from the Bullets and Numbering section, click BULLETSBullets button
    OR
    To add numbering, from the Bullets and Numbering section, click NUMBERING Numbering button

  5. To deactivate the bulleted or numbered formatting,
    1. Select the appropriate text
    2. From the Bullets and Numbering section, click BULLETSBullets buttonor NUMBERINGNumbering button, respectively

Keyboard Option

  1. For a bulleted list, type an asterisk (*) where you would like the list to begin
    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
    NOTE: To type an asterisk (*), press [shift] + [8]

  2. Press [tab]

  3. Create the first line of text

  4. Press [return]
    For a bulleted list, an asterisk will turn into a bullet and the next line will begin with a bullet as well.
    For the numbered list, the next line will begin with a letter or number (e.g., B or 2).

Return to TopSpacing between Bullets and 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
    NOTE: The left indent margin is on the ruler that is in the horizontal orientation.

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 Bullets tab
    Format Text dialog box - Bullets tab

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

  3. To alter the size of the bullets, in the Size of text text box, type the desired value
    OR
    Use the nudge buttons to select the desired value

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

  5. Click OK

Altering Numbering

  1. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, select the Numbering tab
    Format Text dialog box - Numbering tab

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

  3. To alter the size of the numbers, in the Size of text text box, type the desired value
    OR
    Use the nudge buttons to select the desired value

  4. To change the color of the numbering, from the Color pull-down menu, 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, type the desired number
    OR
    Use the nudge buttons to select the desired number

  6. Click OK

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