Add bullets or numbers to text

You can use bullets or numbers to help organize your text or show a sequential process in your PowerPoint presentation.

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

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

    Left thumbnail gallery with slide selected
  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  Bullets button image or Numbering  Button image .

    Selected text with bullets applied

    Notes: 

    • 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.

Use bullets or numbers to present lots of text or a sequential process in a Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

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

    View ribbon with normal button selected
  2. On the left-hand side of the PowerPoint window, in the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click the Slides tab, and then click a slide thumbnail that you want to add bulleted or numbered text to. The pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs

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

    Text selected and bullet button highlighted
  4. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets  Bullets button image or Numbering  Button image .

    Notes: 

Use bullets or numbers to present a lot of text or a sequential process in a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation.

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

    View ribbon with normal button checked
  2. In the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, click a slide thumbnail.

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

    Text selected with bullet button highlighted
  4. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets or Numbering.

    Note: To change the style of bullets or numbers, the color or size, to manually change the number that you want to start from, to increase or decrease spacing between a bullet and the text, and so on see Make changes to bullets or numbers.

  1. Go to the slide that you want to add list formatting to.

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

  3. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Bullets  Bullets button image or Numbering  Button image .

    Selected text with bullets applied

    (To change all lines of text, you can select the outline of the placeholder box or text that contains the text, and then apply the bullet or numbering.)

    Default bullet or numbering style is immediately applied to your selected text. To see a gallery of formatting options for your list, click the small downward pointing arrow on the Bullets or Numbering button:

    Gallery of bulleted list styles
    Bulleted list: the style gallery
    Gallery of numbered list styles in PowerPoint Online
    Numbered list: the style gallery
  4. To change the indentation level of the list, select the list and then, on the Home tab of toolbar ribbon, click Increase Indent Increase Indent button or Decrease Indent Decrease Indent button .

Learn how to change the color and style of bullets, and understand the limitations

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

I'm only seeing a single bullet, no matter how many lines I add

Check to make sure you're putting bullets or numbers in a Text box, and not a Title box. In a Text box, you get a number or bullet every time you press Enter. If you press CTRL + Enter, you get additional lines without bullets (good for details or notes on a bulleted or numbered line).

Image of empty title box and empty text box to show where bullets will work.

In a Title box, the text is expected to be a single line heading or title. You can use numbers or bullets, but it treats all lines of text as a single line, resulting in a single bullet or number.

How do I stop having bullets every time I add a line?

To stop creating bullets or numbers and return to text, click Bullets  Bullets button image or Numbering  Button image again to turn it off.

You can also press Enter and then press Backspace to erase the bullet or number. You can then start adding text, or press Enter to add extra empty lines.

How do I do multi-level bulleting?

To create a multi-level list, click Increase Indent increase indent to make an indented line. To go back a level, click Decrease Indent decrease indent .

For more info, see Change the color and style of a bulleted or numbered list.

How do I change the default bullets to another symbol?

To change the default bullets in PowerPoint on your Windows PC, follow these steps.

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

    shows the slide master button on the ribbon in PowerPoint

  2. Select the Master slide (the first, larger slide, in the thumbnail panel).

    Master slide selected from thumbnail panel
  3. Click the Home tab.

  4. Select one or more of the bulleted lines in the samples.

  5. Click the down arrow on the Bullet button, and choose the style you want for a default.

    Setting the default bullet for all levels
  6. Repeat if you have different bullets for different lines.

  7. When you're done updating the bullet styles, click the Slide Master tab, and then click Close Master View.

When you insert a slide or a text box for bullets, it will reflect your new bullet defaults.

For more information working with masters, see Change a slide master.

See Also

Make words appear one line at a time in PowerPoint

Format bulleted or numbered lists for PowerPoint 2010

Change the color and style of a bulleted or numbered list

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Updated December 15, 2017

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