Add bullets or numbers to text

Notes: April 30, 2016: When customizing bullets, you may experience that fonts listed in the Symbols dialog box are missing in PowerPoint 2016.

We have fixed this issue in Office 2016 update KB3114958. Use Microsoft Update to automatically download and install this update.

You can use bullets or numbers to help present lots of text or a sequential process in your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Normal.

  2. On the left-hand side of the PowerPoint window, click a slide thumbnail that you want to add bulleted or numbered text to.

  3. On the slide, select the lines of text in a text placeholder or table that you want to add bullets or numbering to.

  4. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets Button image.


    • To change all lines of text, select the outline of the text object, and then apply the bullet or numbering.

    • To increase or decrease the indent, to change spacing between a bullet or number and the text, to change the style, color, or size of bullets or numbers, to manually change the number that you want to start from, and so on, see Adjust the indent in a bulleted or numbered list on the ruler.

For much more about formatting and customizing lists in PowerPoint, see Change the color and style of a bulleted or numbered list.

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