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How to Add Bullet Points to PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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Bullet points are one of those stylistic features of Microsoft PowerPoint that you'll find in almost every presentation. And I'll show you how to use bullet points in PowerPoint in this lesson.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Iconic TemplateYou can get great PPT presentation templates from GraphicRiver or Envato Elements. You can find some examples in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

How to Quickly Add PowerPoint Bullet Points

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that compliment this video.

Step 1. How to Use Bullet Points in PowerPoint

Start by clicking in any text box. Come over to the Home tab and click the Bullets icon to add bullets to your PowerPoint slide.

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To add bullets in PowerPoint, click in the text box and then click the Bullets icon.

You can use bullets to make separate points and keep your content nice and clean. I'm going to type something and then press Enter. You'll see that a new bullet point has been added. I can keep typing and pressing Enter to add as many PowerPoint bullet points as I want. 

Step 2. How to Add Subpoint Bullets in MS PowerPoint

If I wanted to add a subpoint, I could just press Tab on my keyboard. You'll see PowerPoint add an indented level where I can add another point.

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You can add subpoints to your text with the Tab key.

Use this to create supporting points that tie back to a higher-level point.

Step 3. How to Change the Style of PowerPoint Bullet Points

I could change the style of my bullets in PowerPoint to something more creative by simply clicking on the drop-down menu and choosing a different bullet style. 

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Use the drop-down menu to change the style of bullets in PowerPoint.

Another option is to use a numbered list if the sequence of your points matters.

Step 4. How to Change Bullets in PowerPoint to Numbers

You can change your list to a numbered one by clicking on the Numbering icon to the right of the Bullets icon. You'll see the list convert to a numbered one. 

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Used the Numbering icon to convert your PowerPoint bullet points to numbers.

No matter which bullet style you use, a list really helps keep content logically sequenced and easy to read. 

Finishing Up!

Bulleted lists are a great tool to organize your content. Consider adding PowerPoint bullet points any time you've got a list of items on a slide.

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