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Make a Custom bullet Using Just PowerPoint

Here's how to design a custom picture bullet using just PowerPoint. The demo is in 2007 but it is similar in 2003.

First I have inserted the shape for the bullet using the standard "Insert > Shapes" feature. My shape is a pentagon but any shape can be used. I have chosen to work on a dark background to show how the bullet will appear. The shape has a gradient fill - Orange graduating to 100% transparent. You do not have to use a gradient - a picture fill or a texture will also work fine.

The size of the shape should be small. Mine is 0.3 cm x 0.3 cm and you will need to work at 400% to see it clearly.

Filled shape

Next RIGHT click and save as a picture. Choose type= PNG. Make sure you know where it's saved!!

To use the bullet in a presentation:

On the slide Master put the cursor in the level the bullet is to be used in. In "Bullets and Numbering" choose "Picture"

Picture Bullets

Click on "Import" and navigate to where you saved the picture:

The new bullet should now be available for use. Select it and OK.


Just bear in mind that fancy bullets won't make a bad presentation great!



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