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Bulleted lists focus your message to your audience, and help them follow along with your key talking points.

Create a bulleted list

  1. To format the title, select the text, and change the font style to what you'd like.

  2. To insert a bullet, place the cursor at the end of a bulleted line, press Enter, and start typing.

  3. To create a sub-bullet, place the cursor in front of the text, and press Tab.

  4. To delete a bullet, press Backspace, or select the line and press Delete.

  5. To demote a bullet, or un-bullet it, place the cursor in front of the text and press Shift + Tab.

  6. To change the bullet style, on the Home tab, select the Bullets Bullets button image down-arrow, and select a bullet style.

    Select Bullets and Numbering... for more options, or to change the size and color of the bullets.

Create a numbered list

  • To format the header, select the text, and change the font style to what you'd like.

  • Select the lines of text that you'd like to number.

  • On the Home tab, select Numbering Button image .

  • To insert a numbered item, place the cursor at the end of a numbered line, press Enter, and start typing.

    PowerPoint automatically renumbers the list. You can also delete a numbered line and PowerPoint renumbers the list.

  • To change the numbering style, select the Numbering Button image drop-down, and select a numbering style.

    Select Bullets and Numbering for more options, or to change the size and color of the numbers.

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Add bullets or numbers to text

Change the color and style of a bulleted or numbered list

Bullet points are at the very heart of PowerPoint.

Short, easy to read words are how you reinforce your message to your audience.

You're talking, they're reading.

It helps you remember what to talk about.

It keeps them focused, and it's great for handouts later.

Here's my slide that contains a list of items.

These would be much better suited as sub-bullets and regular bullet points.

For example, my heading is rooms, the location is London, and Cambridge and Oxford are room styles in the London branch, and the Regent and Kingsley are styles in the New York City branch.

Let's start by formatting the title.

I'll click and drag to highlight rooms and even though it's a bullet point, I can still change the font style.

Now, let's make the Cambridge and Oxford sub-bullets of London.

To make a bullet point a sub-bullet point, hit the Tab key on your keyboard.

I'm going to do it again for the Oxford room style, and again with the Regent in Kingsley.

You can insert a bullet point by placing your cursor right above where you'd like to insert it, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

From here, you can type your new bullet.

You can also remove a bullet point by deleting it from your keyboard.

If you accidentally hit the Tab key and indented a bullet point, you can outdent it, that is promote it, by holding down the Shift key on your key board and hitting the Tab key.

If you find you need to indent it again, you can simply hit the Tab key.

You can change the bullet style.

On the Home ribbon tab, click the down arrow next to Bullets.

Here's where you can change various styles of bullet point.

For example, this one is great if your slide could use some check boxes.

You can also click Bullets and Numbering and have a bigger list of bullets to choose from as well as change the size and color of the bullet points.

I'll click Cancel for now.

Let's move on to the right side of the content.

This list is much better suited for a numbered list.

The fist thing I'm going to do, however, is change my header to match that of the other side.

And now I can create a numbered list.

I'll click and drag and highlight all the text, and on the Home ribbon tab, I'll click Numbering.

It's going to turn my items into a numbered list.

Like bullet points, I can insert a new numbered area by placing the cursor where I want to insert it below and hitting the Enter key.

PowerPoint will automatically renumber the list.

I can also remove an item and PowerPoint will again renumber it.

I can append an item at any time.

Like bullet points, I can also click the down arrow next to numbering and choose from various outline forms.

I can click Bullets and Numbering and change the size and color as well.

I'll hit Cancel to close out of it, and we're brought right back to our slide.

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