People talk about how bullets can cause "death by PowerPoint" -- and while that may be partially true, it
certainly is not the complete truth -- not everyone is in the rush to abandon bullet points in their slides! The truth however
is that too much of anything cannot be good and bulleted lists are almost the mainstay of PowerPoint slides these days. Most
of PowerPoint's slide layouts are already set up with placeholders for bulleted lists (or paragraphs) – so that when you start
typing into a text placeholder, your text is automatically bulleted. Making some changes to how your bullets appear visually
can make a subtle difference -- so we show you how you can change the bullet styles for your
text placeholders (or text boxes) in
Do you want to change the bullet style in all slides? The instructions on this page are for working with
individual slides in Normal view
. To apply these
changes to all slides, follow the same steps within the
- Launch and open any presentation. Navigate to a slide that has bulleted text, such as the sample slide you see in
Figure 1: Slide with bulleted text
- Select the entire text within the large text
placeholder. Then access the Home tab of the
Ribbon and click the down-arrow beside the
Bullets button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Bullets button in the Home tab
- This brings up the Bullets drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. The highlighted
bullet style is the current bullet style applied to your selected text.
Figure 3: Bullets drop-down gallery
Notice the Bullets and Numbering option, at the bottom of Figure 3? We cover this in our
Customize the Bullet Size and Color
- Now hover the cursor over any bullet style preview in this gallery -- as you move over different previews, the selected
text shows you a
live preview of the bullet style hovered, as shown
in Figure 4 -- click on the preview to apply the style to your selected.
Figure 4: Live preview of bullet styles
- Figure 5 shows the selected text with changed bullet style (compare Figures 1 and
Figure 5: Bullet style changed
Tip: Using fewer bullets with meaningful, direct text can help -- also look carefully at how you have
organized the text? Have you inserted your key points (message) in a way so that the audience can actually comprehend it all?
Change Bullet Styles in
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Changing Bullet Styles in
PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Change Bullet Styles in
PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
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