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

Customizing bullets

Customizing the look of the bullets in your list can help you emphasize certain list items or personalize the design of your list. A common way to customize bullets is to use symbols.

To use a symbol as a bullet:

  1. Select an existing bulleted list.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Bullets drop-down arrow.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Bullets drop-down arrow
  3. Select Bullets and Numbering from the menu that appears.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting Bullets and Numbering
  4. A dialog box will appear. On the Bulleted tab, click Customize.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking Customize
  5. The Symbol dialog box will appear.
  6. Click the Font drop-down box and select a font. The Wingdings and Symbol fonts are good choices because they have a lot of useful symbols.
  7. Select the desired symbol.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a symbol
  8. Click OK. The symbol will now appear as the selected bullet option in the Bullets and Numbering dialog box.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Applying the symbol
  9. Click OK again to apply the symbol to the list in the document.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The updated bullets

To change the distance between the bullets and the text, you can move the First Line Indent marker on the ruler. For more information, visit our Indents and Line Spacing lesson.

Screenshot of PowerPointChanging the position of the bullets