Bulleted text slides are part of most PowerPoint presentations, even though some people abhor using bulleted
content altogether. On the other hand, many others just cannot do without slides that do not contain bulleted
lists. And if you are part of either of these two opposing camps, you will love this cool feature in PowerPoint
that takes a middle road approach by using SmartArt. You can enhance the look of some bulleted slides by
converting them to a SmartArt graphic in
- Open a slide with some bulleted text in PowerPoint. Select the text within the bulleted list (only text, not the entire
placeholder), or just click upon some text within the list, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Bulleted text slide
- With the bulleted text selected (or with the cursor placed upon the text), carefully right-click to summon the context
menu shown in Figure 2 and choose the Convert to SmartArt option highlighted in
red. This brings up the SmartArt sub-gallery (see Figure 2
Figure 2: Convert to SmartArt option
- Within this sub-gallery, hover the cursor over the available SmartArt variants to see a
live preview of the change
happening. Click to choose the SmartArt graphic you want to apply. Alternatively, to get more SmartArt graphics, click the
More Smart Art Graphics option located at the bottom of the SmartArt sub-gallery (highlighted
in blue within Figure 2, above).
- This summons the Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box that you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Choose a SmartArt Graphic dialog box
Select any SmartArt graphic variant you want to insert, and click the OK button.
- Figure 4 shows the selected bulleted text (refer to Figure 1, shown earlier on this page)
converted to Vertical Block List SmartArt graphic.
Figure 4: Bulleted text converted to a SmartArt graphic
- Save your presentation.
Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Bulleted Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Convert Bulleted Text to
SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
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