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Using Bullet Alternatives

Bulleted text is the most overused device currently used in presentations. Thankfully, there are other ways to show list items. The examples below illustrate how a bulleted list might be restructured into a more interesting layout.

Bullet alternatives can be applied to pages describing steps, text lists, choices, ideas, etc. Table of contents are also usually set up as a list of things to cover. Consider using a framework as your table of contents and then as a tracker within the document to help your audience stay oriented as to where you/they are in the presentation.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework bullet alternative, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks bullet alternative

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

3D variations

To achieve the best 3D effect with circles, apply a gradient. When 3D is applied to circles, they appear as cylinders instead of spheres.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. If you choose to use photographs within the circle and you would like to convert your rectangular photographs into circles, you should review the FAQ entitled, "How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs?"


Animations should be selected that will enhance the meaning of the message, not merely to add interest to the slide. The circle/sphere in this PowerFramework should not move in from any direction because that would not add to the understanding of the message. Since it is a circle/sphere, use "expand," "zoom," or simply "appear" if you want to animate. The lines and text should be individually grouped and wipe, peek in, or crawl in from the left in click succession to show a build and reinforce that it is springing from the circle/sphere.

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