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PowerPoint Makeover 7: No Bullets Presentation - 2 of 4

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Create a Slide from Each Bullet
Change the Slide Layout

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Create a Slide from Each Bullet

Because you want text on every slide kept to a minimum, you really can't have four or five bullets on each slide. Thus, we are going to make all those bullets into individual slides; the bullets themselves will get promoted to slide titles. That's the best promotion any bullet can get!

If you are following the makeover step by step, continue using your saved presentation. If you just stepped in, you can use the nobullets_01.pptx presentation from the Makeover 07\Steps folder on the CD.

Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the Home tab on the Ribbon is active. Click the Outline tab of the Slides pane so that you can see the entire text outline of the presentation, as shown in Figure 8.4. The outline is here
    Figure 8.4 The outline is here.
  2. As you can see in Figure 8.4, there are way too many bullets in the slides. On the Outline pane, select all the bullets on one of the slides (see Figure 8.5), and press Shift+Tab on your keyboard (see Figure 8.6).
  3. Promoting bullets to slide titles
    Figure 8.5 Promoting bullets to slide titles.
  4. All thumbnails represent slides
    Figure 8.6 All thumbnails represent slides.
  5. Lo and behold, all those bullets now are individual slide titles (see the "after" image in Figure 8.5). Repeat step 2 for all the bullets in the rest of the slides to end up with a presentation bereft of bullets. The 9-slide presentation now has 35 slides and may have still more by the time we are done.
  6. Save the presentation.

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Change the Slide Layout

Because we have almost no text other than the slide titles on any slide, it makes no sense to retain the Slide Layout that includes bulleted text. So now I'll show you how you can change the layout of all slides to the Title Only layout.

If you are following the makeover step by step, continue using your saved presentation. If you just stepped in, you can use the nobullets_02.pptx presentation from the Makeover 07\Steps folder on the CD.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click the View tab on the Ribbon, and click Slide Sorter. This shows all the slides in Slide Sorter view, and you can see the presentation as thumbnails (see Figure 8.6).
  2. A drop-down gallery of layouts makes it easy to change Slide Layouts
    Figure 8.7 A drop-down gallery of layouts makes it easy to change Slide Layouts.
  3. Press Ctrl+A to select all the slides in the view, click the Home tab on the Ribbon, and click the Layout button to view the Layout gallery that you can see in Figure 8.7.
  4. Click the Title Only thumbnail (refer to Figure 8.7). This will change the layout of all selected slides in the presentation to Title Only.
  5. To view the presentation in the conventional edit mode, click the View tab on the Ribbon, and click Normal. Save the presentation.

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