Modifying Lists

In PowerPoint lists make it easy for an audience to read what you're presenting. Learn about PowerPoint list level and other functions.

Modifying lists

Video: Modifying Lists in PowerPoint 2010

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By default, when you type text into a placeholder, a bullet will be placed at the beginning of each paragraph. This is called a bulleted list. If you want, you can modify a list by choosing a different bullet style or by switching to a numbered list.

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To modify the bullet style:

  1. Select all text in an existing list.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Bullets drop-down arrow. A menu of bullet options will appear.
    Clicking the Bullets drop-down arrowClicking the Bullets drop-down arrow
  3. Hover over each menu option to display a live preview of the bullet on the slide.
    Selecting a new bullet typeSelecting a new bullet type
  4. Select the desired bullet option.

To modify a numbered list:

  1. Select all text in an existing list.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Numbering drop-down arrow. A menu of numbering options will appear.
    Clicking the Numbering drop-down arrowClicking the Numbering drop-down arrow
  3. Hover over each menu option to display a live preview of the list on the slide.
    Selecting a new numbering typeSelecting a new numbering type
  4. Select the desired numbering option.

To change the starting number:

By default, numbered lists count from the number one. However, sometimes you may want to start counting from a different number, like if the list is a continuation from a previous slide.

  1. Select an existing numbered list.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Bullets drop-down arrow.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Bullets and Numbering. A dialog box will appear.
    The Bullets and Numbering optionThe Bullets and Numbering option
  4. In the Start At field, enter the desired starting number.
    Entering a new starting numberEntering a new starting number
  5. The list will update the numbering to begin with the new number.
    The updated listThe updated list