Formatting Bulleted and Numbered Lists

In PowerPoint 2003 formatting bulleted lists is simple. In PowerPoint 2003 formatting numbered lists is also easy. Learn how here.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Format a bulleted list
  • Format a numbered list

Bulleted lists

PowerPoint provides several bulleted list slides for you to choose from for your presentation. You can use these slides or create bulleted list slides of your own.

Select bulleted list slide

Bullets can be dots, check marks, arrows, squares, and more.

Picture bullets—colorful bullets in various shapes—are also available.

Picture Bullet dialog box

Formatting a bulleted list

You can format the look of bullets from the Format menu.

To format a bulleted list:

  • Place your cursor in the section of the slide you want your bullet or bulleted list. Click on Format Bullets and Numbering.

Click Format, choose Bullets and Numbering

  • A dialog box opens. Make sure the Bulleted tab is selected.

Bulleted and Numbering dialog box

  • Choose the bullet style you want from the examples that appear on the screen, or click Picture and choose a style from the bullets that appear. (You can also choose size and color).
  • Click OK.

Customizing a bulleted list

If you don't like the traditional bullets or the picture bullets PowerPoint offers, you can customize your own.

To customize a bulleted list:

  • Place your cursor in the section of the slide you want your bullet or bulleted list. Click Format Bullets and Numbering.

Click Format, choose Bullets and Numbering

  • A dialog box appears. Make sure the Bulleted tab is selected.

Bulleted and Numbering dialog box

  • Click Customize near the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.
  • A dialog box appears.

Bulleted and Numbering custom dialog box

  • Choose a symbol from the list that appears. Note that you can change the font by clicking Font in the top-left corner of the dialog box.
  • Click OK.

Formatting a numbered list

PowerPoint also gives you different options for formatting a numbered list.

To format a numbered list:

  • Place your cursor in the section of the slide you want your bullet or bulleted list. Click Format Bullets and Numbering.

Click Format, choose Bullets and Numbering

  • A dialog box opens. Make sure the Numbered tab is selected.

Bulleted and Numbering dialog box

  • Choose the number style you want. (You can also choose size, color, and the number you wish to start from.)
  • Click OK.

Challenge!

  • Open the My Hobbies presentation, which you created earlier.
  • Insert a new slide with title and text placeholders. This is the fourth slide in your presentation.
  • Type a title for the slide. You may want this slide to be about the second hobby on your list from slide 2, My Hobbies Are...
  • Format a different bullet style for the slide.
  • Type a list of things related to the topic of the slide.


    For example:

    Hobby Example

  • Save and close the document.