Bulleted lists are standard fare in PowerPoint presentations, and sometimes you want to tweak those bullets to look just right. PowerPoint gives you a fair amount of control by letting you align and adjust the text after a bullet point. Here’s how.
Aligning the Bulleted Text Horizontally in Its Text Box
First, open your PowerPoint presentation and go to the slide that contains the bulleted text. Highlight the text on the bullet you want to adjust.
On the “Home” tab, you’ll see four different alignment options—the same ones you use for aligning regular text.
From left to right, these options are:
- Align Left (Ctrl+L)
- Center (Ctrl+E)
- Align Right (Ctrl+R)
- Justify (Ctrl+J)
Hovering over each option with your mouse gives you the alignment type, respective shortcut key, and alignment description.
Select the alignment option you want. In this example, we’ll select “Center.”
Now you’ll notice the highlighted text center itself within the text box.
If you need to align more than one bullet point at a time to the same alignment settings, you can select multiple bullet points at once and then select the alignment. If you want bullet points to have different alignments, you’ll have to set each one individually.
Align Bulleted Text Horizontally by Adjusting the Indention
Another method for aligning bulleted text horizontally is to use the ruler feature to adjust both the bullet point and the text that follows. To use this feature, you must first enable the ruler by heading over to the “View” tab and turning on the “Ruler” checkbox.
Now you’ll notice a ruler appear at the top and left side. Next, select the bulleted text with which you want to work. We’ll use the same text.
Once you select the text, three line indent markers appear on the ruler:
- First Line Indent: This is the top marker (the downward pointing triangle), and you can use it to adjust the position of the bullet graphic itself.
- Hanging Indent: This is the middle marker (the upward pointing triangle), and you can use it to adjust the position of the text.
- Left Indent: This is the bottom marker (the rectangle), and you can use it to adjust the position of the bullet and text at the same time.
Align Bulleted Text Vertically in Its Text Box
Just to the right of the regular alignment options, you’ll see an “Align Text” button that you can use to align text vertically. This one affects all the text in the box, so you won’t be able to set different bullet points individually.
Clicking the “Align Text” button opens a menu with a few different options and, of course, you can also explore some of the additional options available, including alignment and text rotation, by selecting “More Options.”
Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be able to draw attention to specific points by using unique text and bullet placement.