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Creating a bulleted list

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Video: Creating a bulleted list

Bullets can be used to emphasize items in a list. Pages '09 provides many options for creating and automating bulleted lists. Let's use our Running Club Newsletter. Here we have some existing text to work with. To create a bulleted list from existing text, we first need to select that text. So, click once to select the text box, click inside the text box and drag across the text to be included in the list. You'll notice the Paragraph symbols at the end of each line. This is what's going to determine each of the items on our list. With our text selected now, we can create the bulleted list using a couple of different options.

Creating a bulleted list

Bullets can be used to emphasize items in a list. Pages '09 provides many options for creating and automating bulleted lists. Let's use our Running Club Newsletter. Here we have some existing text to work with. To create a bulleted list from existing text, we first need to select that text. So, click once to select the text box, click inside the text box and drag across the text to be included in the list. You'll notice the Paragraph symbols at the end of each line. This is what's going to determine each of the items on our list. With our text selected now, we can create the bulleted list using a couple of different options.

One is to use the List Style button on the Format bar. Click this button and choose Bullet to apply the default bullet type and formatting to your list. We now have a bulleted list. The real beauty of automating a bulleted list comes when we need to edit that list. For example, you'll notice we've got two items here that are very similar and one can be removed. So, let's click inside our list here to deselect text. Let's just select the third bullet which is Dress properly. Now, you won't be able to select the bullet itself, but the entire line of text and the Paragraph symbol that appears at the end. When you press your Delete key on the keyboard, you remove that item, but the list stays intact and everything else is reordered for you.

Let's move to the end of our list, press Return to add an additional point. Notice the bullet is created for us. Now, let's reselect our entire list, drag from the top to the bottom and let's explore some formatting options. We can explore those from the Text Inspector, which you can access through the Inspector button on the toolbar or click the List Style button and choose Show More. This will take you directly to the List section of the Text Inspector. Down below you'll see current settings as well as a number of options that can be changed. For example, under Text Bullets, we see the bullet type. Click this button to choose a different type, such as a star for example. Now, a star has appeared next to each item in our list.

We can change the color, click the Color button and from the Colors palette, let's choose Blue. Now, close the Colors palette. Let's also adjust the Alignment which is currently defaulted at -1 point. This means each of our bullets is a little bit lower than the rest of the text in each line. We can move up or down in one point increments using the up and down arrows, or select what's there and type in your own value. Let's try 0 and press Return. Now, our bullets are lined up perfectly with our text. Size can also be adjusted, the default Size of 100% means that our bullets are the same size as our text and if our text size changes, so will the bullet size. That's because they're scaled with text, to change the size, we can use the up and down arrows to move in 1% increments or type in our own value, let's try 80%.

If you don't want to scale the bullet with your text and rather type in a point size, deselect the checkbox and enter a value or use the Up and Down arrows. Let's try 9 points. That looks pretty good. Lastly, we can adjust the space between the bullets and the left edge of our text box, as well as, the space between the bullet and the actual text. Notice at 0 inches, our bullets are flushed on the left side of out text box. Using the Up and Down arrows, we can move in quarter-inch increments. Of course, you can enter your own values here as well. Let's try at 0.2, and to adjust the space between bullets and text, we can also add our own values here as well.

So, our text bullets look pretty good, but there are some other options. Where we see Text Bullets, click this button to reveal other options including Image Bullets, or even Custom Images, where you can use your own images as bullets. Let's try Image Bullets to see what we have available to us here in Pages '09. As we scroll down the list, we'll see a number of images that will be used as bullets. Let's try the pushpin. Click the pushpin to select it and notice that your bulleted list now uses pushpins down the left. Of course, we can adjust alignment, size and spacing for your Image Bullets as well.

When we're done, let's close the Text Inspector and click outside the text box to deselect our selected text to get a good feel for the end result. So, use a bulleted list when you need to emphasize items and remember, the Formatting Options appear on the Text Inspector and they'll help you to add even more visual interest.

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Pages '09 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
    3. SFWordProcessing plug-in error
      36s
  2. 11m 18s
    1. Launching Pages and the Template Chooser
      3m 13s
    2. Reviewing the user interface
      2m 57s
    3. Customizing the user interface
      2m 20s
    4. Viewing documents
      2m 48s
  3. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up documents
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and arranging pages
      4m 47s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 55s
    4. Viewing and adding document info
      2m 18s
    5. Saving documents
      2m 39s
  4. 45m 0s
    1. Selecting text
      2m 40s
    2. Character formatting with fonts
      4m 11s
    3. Character formatting with the Fonts panel
      5m 53s
    4. Character spacing and baseline adjustments
      3m 53s
    5. Formatting paragraphs
      6m 57s
    6. Using hyphenation and ligatures
      3m 46s
    7. Working with tabs
      5m 44s
    8. Creating a bulleted list
      4m 46s
    9. Creating a numbered list
      3m 31s
    10. Using the Outline view
      3m 39s
  5. 25m 13s
    1. Using special characters
      4m 34s
    2. Inserting equations with MathType 6.0
      1m 55s
    3. Inserting document file names
      2m 22s
    4. Searching documents
      5m 30s
    5. Checking spelling
      5m 22s
    6. Auto-correction preferences
      5m 30s
  6. 13m 23s
    1. Understanding styles
      1m 29s
    2. Applying styles
      3m 25s
    3. Overriding styles
      2m 44s
    4. Creating styles
      3m 35s
    5. Importing styles
      2m 10s
  7. 34m 8s
    1. Using pagination and breaks
      2m 11s
    2. Working with headers and footers
      4m 33s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 3s
    4. Inserting date fields
      2m 45s
    5. Working with columns
      3m 25s
    6. Working with sections
      6m 32s
    7. Adding footnotes and endnotes
      2m 48s
    8. Creating a table of contents
      3m 8s
    9. Creating bibliographies with EndNote
      3m 43s
  8. 14m 53s
    1. Accessing template layouts
      4m 14s
    2. Working with template parts
      3m 47s
    3. Replacing text and images
      2m 56s
    4. Saving a modified template
      3m 56s
  9. 43m 23s
    1. Using text boxes
      5m 32s
    2. Linking text boxes
      4m 16s
    3. Placing objects and wrapping text
      4m 16s
    4. Working with images
      5m 42s
    5. Working with shapes
      6m 3s
    6. Using Instant Alpha
      2m 55s
    7. Adjusting images
      4m 0s
    8. Creating master objects
      3m 57s
    9. Adding audio and video
      6m 42s
  10. 19m 30s
    1. Inserting tables
      2m 57s
    2. Working with cell data
      4m 31s
    3. Working with rows and columns
      3m 47s
    4. Formatting tables
      5m 12s
    5. Using table calculations
      3m 3s
  11. 15m 0s
    1. Inserting a chart
      3m 25s
    2. Entering chart data
      3m 6s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 45s
    4. Importing chart data
      2m 0s
    5. Importing a chart from Numbers
      2m 44s
  12. 21m 17s
    1. Printing
      5m 19s
    2. Exporting to other formats
      4m 0s
    3. Working with Microsoft Word files
      2m 26s
    4. Collaborating on documents
      4m 51s
    5. Sending documents by email
      1m 0s
    6. Sharing documents with iWork.com
      3m 41s
  13. 6m 44s
    1. Merging with contacts
      3m 57s
    2. Merging with Numbers data
      2m 47s
  14. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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