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Bulleted Lists in PowerPoint



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You should now have two slides in your presentation. Click your second slide to display it on the Main Stage:

Your second slide should look like this

There's a few things to notice here. The title font and colour are OK, as well as the background and footer. But the default text we typed has vanished, and PowerPoint has replaced it with default text of its own. We typed "Default text", but PowerPoint has placed "Click to add text" in the AutoContent area instead. This doesn't matter, since the default text vanishes as soon as you click inside of the content area. At least the font formatting has been retained!


Adding the Bulleted List

For the bulleted list in our presentation, we had the list items drop in from the top. In PowerPoint, this is called an Animation. Take a look at the presentation again, which you can find on the resources page. The presentation is called Wireless.ppt. Move to slide two, and you'll see the title first. Click your mouse anywhere on the screen and you'll see the first bulleted item drop in from above. Each time you click your mouse, a new item will drop in.

Before you see how to do this, let's add the bullets

The bullets can go in the text box we added, the one at the bottom that says "Click to add text". To move and resize this text box, click on the edges with your mouse button. A new menu should appear:

The Format Placeholder menu

Click on Format Placeholder. You should then see the Format AutoShape dialogue box. This one:

The Size tab on the Format AutoShape dialogue box

Click on the Size tab. Set the Height to 6.14 cm and the Width to 15.89. Then click the Position tab:

The Position tab

Set the Horizontal to 5.29 and the Vertical to 7.62. Click OK. Your slide two should then look like this:

The resized placeholder

Now click inside the resized and repositioned text box. Add the following line of text:

The Basics of connecting a PC to an ADSL router

Now highlight the text you've just added, as in the image below:

Text for the first bullet

To turn this into a bulleted list, click Format from the menu bar at the top of PowerPoint. From the Format menu, select Bullets and Numbering:

The Bullets and Numbering menu

You should then see the following dialogue box appear:

Bullets dialogue box

There a quite a few options for your bullets. We've gone for the black squares, and set the Size to 120% of text, and the colour to white. You can also have a Numbered list, or use a picture or character by clicking the buttons. But click OK when you're happy with your choice. Your slide two should then look like this, when you click outside of the text box:

The first bullet

The other three items on our list are these:

  • The difference between Wired and Wireless
  • What a Wired connection looks like
  • The Wireless connection

To add these three items, click back into your text box, but click after the "r" of "router":

Highlight the text

Now hit the enter key on your keyboard. A new bullet should appear:

A new bullet

Type the text for the second bullet, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard:

The text for the new bullet

Do the same for the other two items on the list above, and your bulleted lists will look like this, when you click outside the text box:

All four bullet items

Click back inside the text box and highlight the entire list:

Highlight the list

From the PowerPoint menu bar, click Format > Font. From the Font dialogue box, change the colour of the text to white. The list will then look like this:

The finished Bulleted list

Now that we have a nice bulleted list, we can add the animation. Before doing that, click inside the Title text area at the top of the slide, and type the word "Introduction" (without the quotes):

The finished slide


The list we have at the moment is a static one, which appears on the page whole with slide two. In PowerPoint, lists don't have to be static. You can have animated lists.
The process is quite straightforward. However, the way you add animation is very different in PowerPoint 2003 than it is in PowerPoint 2000.

So PowerPoint 2000 users need to click the following link to animate the bulleted list:

Bullet Animation - PowerPoint 2000 -->

PowerPoint 2003 users, click here to animate your list:

Bullet Animation - PowerPoint 2003 -->