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Handling Bulleted and Numbered Lists
Handling Bulleted and Numbered Lists
What is a PowerPoint presentation without a list or two? It’s like an emperor
without any clothes on. This part of the chapter explains everything there is
to know about bulleted and numbered lists.
Lists can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. PowerPoint
offers a bunch of different ways to format lists, but if you’re in a hurry or
you don’t care whether your lists look like everyone else’s, you can take
advantage of the Numbering and Bullets buttons and go with standard lists.
Nonconformists and people with nothing else to do, however, can try their
hand at making fancy lists. The following pages cover that topic, too.
Creating a standard bulleted or numbered list
In typesetting terms, a bullet is a black, filled-in circle or other character
that marks an item on a list. Many slide layouts include text frames that are
formatted already for bulleted lists. All you have to do in these text frames
is “click to add text” and keep pressing the Enter key while you enter items
for your bulleted list. Each time you press Enter, PowerPoint adds another
bullet to the list. Bulleted lists are useful when you want to present the
audience with alternatives or present a list in which the items aren’t ranked in
any order. Use a numbered list to rank items in a list or present step-by-step
instructions.
Follow these instructions to create a standard bulleted or numbered list:
Creating a bulleted list: Select the list if you’ve already entered the list
items, go to the Home tab, and click the Bullets button. You can also
right-click, choose Bullets on the shortcut menu, and choose a bullet
character on the submenu if you don’t care for the standard, black,
filled-in circle.
Creating a numbered list: Select the list if you’ve already entered the
list items, go to the Home tab, and click the Numbering button. You can
also right-click, choose Numbering on the shortcut menu, and select a
numbering style on the submenu.
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Converting a numbered to a bulleted list (or vice versa): Drag over
the list to select it, go to the Home tab, and then click the Bullets or
Numbering button.
To remove the bullets or numbers from a list, select the list, open the
dropdown list on the Bullets or Numbering button, and choose None.
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