PowerPoint provides several bullet styles
that you can choose from -- but they do look a little canned since almost every PowerPoint slide these days uses the same
bullet styles! You could get rid of bullets altogether and use small sentences/paragraphs instead, or maybe you could explore
picture bullets -- to insert any picture as your bullet. Of course, for picture bullets to work, your picture needs to be
small, no larger than a medium-sized dot. And it helps if it has transparent areas. If all this talk about the size and
transparency of a picture bullet makes you curious, don't worry because we explain it all!
So what does a picture bullet look like? Look at Figure 1, where the first bullet uses PowerPoint's default
bullet style. The second and third bullets use picture bullets from PowerPoint's built-in picture bullets collection.
Figure 1: Picture bullets in PowerPoint
Do you want to use pictures as bullets 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
To add these picture bullets in PowerPoint 2013, follow these
- Open any presentation or create a new one. Then navigate to the slide where you want to add picture bullets. Select the
- If you want to make changes to just one bullet in the
text placeholder (or text box),
select that individual line.
- If you want to make these changes to all the bullets in the
text placeholder (or text box), you
can select the entire placeholder by clicking on the edge of the placeholder (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Entire placeholder with bulleted text selected
- Access the Home tab of the Ribbon
and click the arrow beside the Bullets button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 3). This brings up the Bullets drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3
. Within this drop-down gallery, choose the Bullets and Numbering option (highlighted in
red within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Bullets drop-down gallery
- This will open the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.
Make sure that the Bulleted tab of this dialog box is selected. Click the Picture
button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Bullets and Numbering dialog box
- This bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 5. Within this dialog
box you'll find the online picture service providers listed such as
Bing Image Search, and also
your OneDrive account.
Other than these three services you can add pictures from you
Flickr accounts - but only after
you connect to these accounts from within PowerPoint.
Figure 5: Insert Picture dialog box
Now, just type in the keyword(s) within the box placed next to the service you want to insert the picture from, and
press Enter key. For This tutorial we are searching picture from Bing Image Search service
and we choose "apple" as our keyword, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 5, above.
- As you can see in Figure 6, the keyword "apple" shows results for that search term. Now select
the desired picture bullet, and click the Insert button. as shown highlighted in red
within Figure 6.
Figure 6: Search result
- This will take you back to your slide where individual bullets are changed for the selected text, as shown in
Figure 7. You can compare Figures 2 and 7 to see the changes.
Figure 7: Bullets now use pictures
Using Pictures as Bullets in
PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2010
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