Use Dingbats and Other Characters as Bullets in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to use dingbats and other characters as bullets in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint provides you with umpteen options to change the appearance of your bullet points -- you can change the bullet styles, format the bullet size and its color, and use pictures as bullets. In addition, you can use a character from any font, including dingbats as a bullet. So what are dingbats? Dingbats are fonts which contain decorative symbols rather than alphabets and numbers. Wingdings is a good example of a dingbats font since it is installed by default on all computers.
To use dingbats or other font characters as bullets, follow these steps in PowerPoint 2013:
- Open any presentation or create a new one. Then navigate to the slide where you want to add picture
bullets. Select the bulleted text:
- 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
(or text box), you can select the entire placeholder by clicking on the edge of the placeholder (see
Figure 1: Entire placeholder with bulleted text selected
- Access the Home tab of the
Ribbon and click the down-arrow beside
the Bullets button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2). This brings up the Bullets drop-down gallery, as shown in
Figure 2. Within this drop-down gallery, choose the Bullets and Numbering
option (highlighted in red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Bullets drop-down gallery
- This will open the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, as shown in
Figure 3. Make sure that the Bulleted tab of this dialog box is selected.
Click the Customize button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Bullets and Numbering dialog box
- This brings up the Symbol dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Symbol dialog box
- Locate the Font list (highlighted in red within
Figure 4, above). Click the down-arrow to bring up the font list, scroll down till you
get the Wingdings font, as you can see highlighted in red within
Figure 5. You can also choose any other font you like -- click the required font to select.
Figure 5: Font drop-down list
- This opens all the content symbols of the selected font -- you can preview each and every symbol of this
font, as displayed in a small thumbnail view (see Figure 6). Use the scroll bar to the right
of the symbols to preview more symbols.
Figure 6: Symbols preview
- Click the desired symbol to select it -- a selected symbol can be seen highlighted in
red within Figure 6, above. Now, click the OK
button to get back to the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.
- Here you see a preview of the selected symbol, highlighted in red within
Figure 7: Selected symbol’s preview
- Notice that the Reset button is now active (highlighted in
blue in Figure 7, above) because the last bullet preset is now
changed (compare the last bullet thumbnail preview in Figures 3 and 7).
Click the Reset button only to restore the default bullet presets again (this is to cancel
any changes you made so far).
- Click the OK button to apply the symbol as a bullet to your selected text placeholder.
Figure 8 shows the customized bullet symbol changed (compare Figures 1 and
Figure 8: Bullets now use dingbats
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