Work with bulleted and numbered lists in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

You can add bulleted and numbered lists in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentations, and you can customize the style, color, and size of the bullets or numbers. You can also change the number that you want to start from, increase or decrease indents, and increase or decrease spacing between a bullet or number and its text.

PowerPoint does not support multilevel lists, but you can add indented lists within lists.

Insert a bulleted or numbered list

  1. On the View tab, click Normal.

  2. Click in the text box or placeholder where you want to add bulleted or numbered text.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets Button image or Numbering Button image , and begin typing your list. Press Return to create a new list item.

    Or, select lines of text that are already on your slide, and then click Bullets or Numbering to format that text as a list.

Change the look of a bullet or number

  1. To change one bullet or number, place the cursor at the start of the line that you want to change. To change multiple bullets or numbers, select the text in all of the bullets or numbers that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, click the arrow next to either the Bullets Button image or Numbering Button image button, and then click Bullets and Numbering.

  3. In the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, do one or more of the following:

    To use a picture as a bullet, on the Bullets tab, click Picture, and then scroll to find a picture icon that you want to use.

    To add a character from the symbol list to the Bulleted or Numbered tabs, on the Bullets tab, click the gear icon Gear icon under Customize, click a symbol, and then click OK. You can apply the symbol to your slides from the style lists.

    To change a numbered list to start at a certain number, on the Numbering tab, type the number in the Start at box.

    Office for Mac Bullet and Numbering dialog

    To change the color or size of bullets or numbers, choose an option under Color or Size.

Change the indent or spacing between text and points

  • To create an indented (subordinate) list within a list, place the cursor at the start of the line that you want to indent, and then on the Home tab, click Indent More  Office for Mac Increase Indent . You can also press TAB to increase the indent.

  • To move text back to a less indented level in the list, place the cursor at the start of the line and click Indent Less  Office for Mac Decrease Indent .

  • To create spacing between list points, on the Home tab, click Line Spacing Office for Mac Line Spacing Command .

Remove bullets and numbering

  • Select your list, and on the Home tab, click the Bullets Button image or Numbering Button image buttons to remove the formatting.

Related information

Change text alignment, indentation, and spacing in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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