You should now have two Slides in your presentation. Click your second
slide to display it on the Main Stage:

There’s a few things to notice here. The title font and colour are
OK, as well as the background and footer. But the default text we typed
has vanished, and PowerPoint has replaced it with default text of its
own. We typed "Default text", but powerpoint has placed "Click
to add text" in the AutoContent area instead. This doesn’t matter,
since the default text vanishes as soon as you click inside of the content
area. At least the font formatting has been retained!


Adding the Bulleted List

For the bulleted list in our presentation, we had the list items drop
in from the top. In powerpoint, this is called an Animation. Take a
look at the presentation again, which you can find on the
resources page. The presentation is called Wireless.ppt.
Move to slide two, and you’ll see the title first. Click your mouse
anywhere on the screen and you’ll see the first bulleted item drop in
from above. Each time you click your mouse, a new item will drop in.

Before you see how to do this, let’s add the bullets

The bullets can go in the text box we added, the one at the bottom
that says "Click to add text". To move and resize this text
box, click on the edges with your mouse button. A new menu should appear:

Click on Format Placeholder. You should then see the Format AutoShape
dialogue box. This one:

Click on the Size tab. Set the Height to 6.14 cm and
the Width to 15.89. Then click the Position tab:

Set the Horizontal to 5.29 and the Vertical to 7.62.
Click OK. Your slide two should then look like this:

Now click inside the resized and repositioned text box. Add the following
line of text:

Now highlight the text you’ve just added, as in the image below:

To turn this into a bulleted list, click Format from the menu
bar at the top of powerpoint. From the Format menu, select Bullets
and Numbering

You should then see the following dialogue box appear:

There a quite a few options for your bullets. We’ve gone for the black
squares, and set the Size to 120% of text, and the colour
to white. You can also have a Numbered list, or use a picture or character
by clicking the buttons. But click OK when you’re happy with your choice.
Your slide two should then look like this, when you click outside of
the text box:

The other three items on our list are these:

  • The difference between Wired and Wireless
  • What a Wired connection looks like
  • The Wireless connection

To add these three items, click back into your text box, but click
after the "r" of "router":

Now hit the enter key on your keyboard. A new bullet should appear:

Type the text for the second bullet, and hit the Enter key on your

Do the same for the other two items on the list above, and your bulleted
lists will look like this, when you click outside the text box:

Click back inside the text box and highlight the entire list:

From the powerpoint menu bar, click Format > Font. From the
Font dialogue box, change the colour of the text to white. The list
will then look like this:

Now that we have a nice bulleted list, we can add the animation. Before
doing that, click inside the Title text area at the top of the slide,
and type the word "Introduction" (without the quotes):


The list we have at the moment is a static one, which appears on the
page whole with slide two. In powerpoint, lists don’t have to be static.
You can have animated lists.
The process is quite straightforward. However, the way you add animation
is very different in powerpoint 2003 than it is in powerpoint 2000.

So powerpoint 2000 users need to click the following link to animate
the bulleted list:

powerpoint 2003 users, click here to animate your list:

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