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Discover the power shortcuts the pros use to navigate PowerPoint 2010 with ease. Author Alicia Katz Pollock shows how to customize views, work with text, format slides, and publish your final presentation. The course also includes her top 10 tips for working with presentations, including autofitting text, creating custom bullets, and using shapes to mask images and video.
Let's take a look at Slide 5 in our presentation. By default, many design themes use round bullets for first level bullets and dashes for second level; others have variations, but for the most part the bullets are fairly straightforward. You have the ability to customize your bullets, including changing the size, the shape, or the color. You can even use images. So the first question I always ask myself is do I only want to change the bullets on this one slide, or do I want to change the bullets across the whole entire deck? And if that's the case, which it usually is, I'll go to View, and turn on the Slide Master.
The next question is do I want to change all the slides with bullets or just certain master layouts? In this case I am going to work on the Slide Master. I am going to start with the third level and work my way up to the first, so that I can demonstrate to you the increasing complexity. I am going to start by clicking in the third level and then I am going to go to the Home Ribbon, here's my Bullets button, and if I use the dropdown, I can choose Bullets and Numbering. I have several built-in options that I could choose, but I am going to come down here and click on Customize. This shows me all the characters associated with text fonts, and I am going to use this dropdown to go straight down to Wingdings, which has a lot of pictures and flourishes. I am going to scroll down just a little bit until I find these flourishes right here. I'll click on this one and I am going to click on OK.
Now that I have a new shape for my bullet, I want to change the color. So I am going to dropdown Color and choose the second to last, Aqua. The next thing I am going to do is bump up the size a little bit and make it 105% of my text, just a little bit larger, and I'll click Ok. Now I have a graceful little flourish for a bullet. On the second level, I am going to try using a picture. It will start the same way. I'll go up to my Bullets button, drop it down and choose Bullets and Numbering. I am going to come over here and click on the Picture button. Now your pictures may look different than mine, depending on how your computer is set up. I am going to go down about 30% or 40% of my way down, and I am going to find this teal bullet right here. I am going to click on it and click OK, and now I have a ball for my second level bullet.
Now, for your last trick, let's go up to the main bullet level, same first step, dropdown the bullets, and choose Bullets and Numbering. We'll click on the Picture button again and this time go down to the Import button. I'm going to go to my Exercise Files, into Chapter 1, and the images folder, and I'm going to choose this image right here and double-click on it. Now I'm going to click Ok. It has now imported my image and it's using it as a bullet point.
I'll go back to the Slide Master tab in the upper left-hand corner and close the Master View. And now when I look at my slide 5, I can see my new art image and the ball as my new bullets. The ability to customize your bullets will certainly give your slide decks much more panache than they would have if you had simply based them on PowerPoint's built-in themes.
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