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Picture Perfect Lists

Friday, May 5th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint, MS Word

Picture Perfect Lists

Do you use bulleted lists frequently? Ever find that you wish you had a little something new to spice up your list? I mean, those same old plain Jane bullets can get a little boring.

May I suggest that we take the bulleted list into our control and give them a face lift?

Yeah, I like the idea too, so let’s get right to business.

If the list has already been created, highlight it before you begin the bullet selection process.

Now, either use the Format menu and choose Bullets and Numbering or right click to select Bullets and Numbering from the shortcut menu.

When the Bullets and Numbering window opens, you’ll find that there are a few different choices immediately available.

If one of these makes you happy, then select it and click OK. But, if you’re still looking for something different, select one style to replace the other and click the Customize button.

At this point, you should be looking at the Customize Bulleted List window.

In the top section, called Bullet character, you’ll see recently used custom bullets. If you like one of those, select it and click OK.

If you’re still not finding what you need, you do still have a couple of choices.

First, you could choose one of the bullets and modify it further by using the Font button. This will allow you to make the usual font adjustments to the bullet you chose. (Keep in mind that if you choose a picture bullet, the Font button will become inactive).

Or, you could choose to click the Character button. This button gives you access to the Symbol window. You can use any symbol you find here as a bullet.

And, if you want to get really creative, you can click the Picture button. That will give you access to all of the clip art images, which you can also use for bullets.

When you find something you think you can use, click OK to return to the Customized Bulleted List and then OK again. You’ll return to the Bullets and Numbering window where you’ll find your newly created bullet among the other choices.

Make sure it’s selected and click OK.

Poof! You’ve got a bulleted list that’s just picture perfect!

~ April

P.S. – Just in case you didn’t notice, there’s a Reset button in the Bullets and Numbering window. You can use this to return all the bullet choices back to the original set anytime that you feel you need them.

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