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Customize the Bullet Size and Color in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to change the bullet size and the color attributes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. These small changes can make your bullets look less pronounced and more coordinated.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






While it is a great option to change the bullet styles in PowerPoint 2010, sometimes you don't want to really change just the bullets themselves. You might want to alter the size of the bullet so that it is somewhat smaller or larger than the text before which it is placed. Or maybe you need a particular color to be used for the bullets? Most of the time, the defaults work best. But just in case you want to make these changes, this is how you will go about the whole process:

  1. Open PowerPoint 2010, navigate to the slide where you want to make these changes, and select the bulleted text. If you want to make these changes to all the bullets in the text placeholder, you can select the entire placeholder by clicking on the edge of the placeholder (see Figure 1).
  2. Slide with bulleted text
    Figure 1: Slide with bulleted text
  3. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon. Within the Paragraph group, click the arrow beside the Bullets button (highlighted in blue in Figure 2). This brings up the Bullets gallery, as shown in Figure 2. Within this gallery, choose the Bullets and Numbering option (highlighted in red in Figure 2).
  4. Bullets gallery
    Figure 2: Bullets gallery
  5. 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. The Size and the Color options can be seen highlighted in red and blue respectively in Figure 3 below.
  6. Bullet options within the Bullets and Numbering dialog box
    Figure 3: Bullet options within the Bullets and Numbering dialog box
  7. To change the size of the bullet in relation to the text, just type in the value in the size box, or use the up and down arrows placed next to the size box to increase/decrease the size value. As you can see in Figure 4, the dialog box now shows the size value is changed to 200 percent of text (highlighted in red).
  8. Size value is changed
    Figure 4: Size value is changed
  9. Click the Color button to access the Color gallery, as shown in Figure 5.
  10. Color gallery
    Figure 5: Color gallery
  11. The choices within this Color gallery are:
  12. Automatic

  13. This is the default color for the bullets, and uses the same color as the text color.
  14. Theme Colors

  15. Choose any color from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also choose from any of the 5 tints (lighter variations) or shades (darker variations) for any Theme color. Do remember that these colors will change if you apply a new Theme to your presentation.
  16. Standard Colors

  17. Choose from any of the ten standard colors. These ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. These colors will not change if you apply a new Theme.
  18. More Colors

  19. Works just like Standard Colors, and choices you make do not change if you apply a new Theme. The More Colors option summons the Colors dialog box with two tabs:
  20. Standard tab which provides 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, 14 gray shades, black, and white.
  21. Custom tab enables you to choose any color from the spectrum and later adjust the selected color's luminosity with the slider on the right. You can even enter specific values of RGB and HSL to create a specific color. All these combinations provide 16 million color choices!
  22. Select any color you want. As soon as the color is selected, you can see that the bullet color changes in the Bullet style previews (highlighted in Figure 6).
  23. Bullets colors changed within the Bullets and Numbering dialog box
    Figure 6: Bullets colors changed within the Bullets and Numbering dialog box
  24. Now, click the OK button to apply the choices you have made to your selected text placeholder.
  25. Figure 7 shows the customized bullet size and color of the selected text (compare Figures 1 and 7).
  26. Bullet color and size customized on the slide
    Figure 7: Bullet color and size customized on the slide
Tip: Do you want the bullet color and size changed in all slides? You can quickly make that customization by working within Slide Master view.

See Also:

Customize the Bullet Size and Color in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Customize the Bullet Size and Color in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Customize the Bullet Size and Color in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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