It is possible for PowerPoint slides to have numbered lists that comprise twenty lines, but that is something frowned upon. Even if your audiences have perfect eyesight, they won't be able to read the teeny-weeny sized text! And also, too much text is very much boring, and nowadays any sort of bulleted or numbered lists seem to signify a poorly designed slide. One approach that can help you solve this problem is by dividing your list across multiple slides. But even then, PowerPoint starts numbering your lists from 1 on each slide, even though you want it to start at 6, 11, or 16! Luckily, that is an easy problem to resolve in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, as explained in the following steps:
- Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide that contains a long numbered list, as shown in Figure 1. Although the text fits within the placeholder on the slide, it is almost unreadable because of its small size.
Figure 1: Slide containing too much text in a numbered list
- Open Slide Sorter view, and select your slide that contains the long, numbered list. Press the ⌘ + D key combination thrice to create three duplicates of the selected slide, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: The original slide duplicated thrice
- Now retain 5 lines in the numbered lists of each slide while maintaining the continuation so that your list is divided, as explained below:
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- Lines 1 to 5 on Slide 1
- Lines 6 to 10 on Slide 2
- Lines 11 to 15 on Slide 3
- Lines 16 to 20 on Slide 4
Figure 3: Slides containing numbered lists starting with 1
Figure 4: Numbered List gallery
Figure 5: Numbering options within the Format Text dialog box
Figure 6: Start at number changed to 6 reflects in the numbering style previews
Figure 7: Numbered list with continued numbering across successive slides
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