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Lesson 8. Presenting with Styles > Starting paragraphs with bullets

Starting paragraphs with bullets

That was easy. Setting up different levels in the main text frame is a bit trickier, but once it's done it's a snap to use.

1.
With the Type tool selected, click in the main text frame and type Bullet Level 1. Again, this is only placeholder text, which will be overwritten in each slide.

2.
Triple-click anywhere in this text to select the entire line. In the Control palette, again choose Myriad Pro Bold, but this time select a size of 36 pt.

Note

Serif typefaces are good for readability in long texts, but for bullet listsusually short, one-line sentences—a sans serif typeface often does a better job of getting the message across.

3.
With the text still selected, choose New Paragraph Style from the Paragraph Styles palette menu. Call this style Bullet Level 1, but don't click OK yet. There are more formatting options that you can set to achieve quite sophisticated results.

4.
To have each bullet item in your presentation start with a bullet point, select Bullets and Numbering from the list on the left in the New Paragraph Style dialog box. Then select Bullets from the List Type pop-up menu, and click OK to close the New Paragraph Style dialog box

5.
With the text still selected, apply that new paragraph style by clicking the Bullet Level 1 entry in the Paragraph Styles palette

With the paragraph style defined the way it is now, text that is longer than one line would align on the left at the bullet point, as shown in the following illustration.

As shown in the following illustration, text that's longer than one line looks better when any additional line is aligned with the beginning of the first word rather than with the bullet point.

To make this happen, you need to set up tab stops and format the paragraph to left align on the first tab stop, with the first line—that's the line with the bullet point—hanging out to the left.


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