Let us imagine that you have a long numbered list that forms the content of your PowerPoint slide. Now, it is not uncommon for slides to have numbered lists that comprise twenty lines, and that is singularly unfortunate because even if members of your audience have perfect eyesight, they won't be able to read the teeny-weeny sized text! And let us face the fact that too much text is downright boring, and nowadays any sort of bulleted or numbered lists seem to signify a poorly designed slide. One approach you can take to combat this problem is by dividing your list across multiple slides. But even then, PowerPoint may default to 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 conquer in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:
- Open any PowerPoint presentation that includes a slide with a long numbered list, or create a new slide with a long numbered list. Then navigate to a slide that contains a long numbered list, as shown in Figure 1. Although the text is fitted within the placeholder on the slide, the text is almost unreadable because of its small size.
Figure 1: Slide with too much text in a numbered list
- Go to Slide Sorter view, and select your slide that contains the long, numbered list. Press Ctrl + D thrice to create three duplicates of the selected slide, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: The original slide, and the three duplicates
- 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 with numbered list starting with 1
Figure 4: Numbering gallery
Figure 5: Numbering options within the Bullets and Numbering dialog box
Figure 6: Start at number changed to 6
Figure 7: Numbered list continued across successive slides
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