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Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to create your own picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Coordinated picture bullets can make your branding stand out.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






You have already learned about picture bullets in PowerPoint 2010, and how you can import any picture and use it as a custom bullet. You can also create your own picture bullets to use in presentations, and these can be created right within PowerPoint! Follow these steps to explore this option:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
  2. Access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and in the Illustrations group, click the Shapes button to reveal the Shapes gallery. Choose the Oval shape (see Figure 1), and click once on your slide to place a circle. To learn more about drawing circles, see our Draw a Perfect Circle tutorial.
  3. Oval shape selected
    Figure 1: Oval shape selected
  4. Make sure the circle is selected. Then select the Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon. In this tab, select the More button (down-arrow) next to the Shapes Styles gallery (highlighted in red in Figure 2).
  5. Shape Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Shape Styles within Drawing Tools Format tab
  6. This reveals the entire Shape Styles drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. Select any of the available styles to apply it to the selected circle.
  7. Save as Picture option
    Figure 3: Shape Styles drop-down gallery
  8. With the circle on the slide selected, right-click and select the Save as Picture option in the resultant context menu (see Figure 4).
  9. Shape Styles within Drawing Tools Format tab
    Figure 4: Save as Picture option
  10. In the resultant Save as Picture dialog box, choose a location and name for your picture -- also choose a picture format such as PNG that supports transparency (see Figure 5). Once you are done, click on Save button, and now you can import the picture you just saved to be used as a bullet in PowerPoint.
  11. Save picture as PNG
    Figure 5: Save picture as PNG
Tip: Do you want create your own picture bullets in all slides? The instructions on this page are for working with individual slides in Normal view. To make these changes available to all slides, use the same steps within Slide Master view.

See Also:

Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Create Your Own Picture Bullets in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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