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Tutorial for Bullet Alternative 013 – Slanted Bar and Rows

Using Slanted Bar and Rows

This is a highly stylized graphic to present bullets with a limited amount of text. The space for text gets smaller as the list builds, so don't try to use this if you have a lot to say for each "bullet." Also, because it is highly stylized, you need to be sure that it complements your template. These graphics have a lot of hard edges and diagonal lines, so test them out on your template to be sure they work.

There are three variations in this series. Pick the one you like best and use it consistently in your presentation. They can be used as an agenda page, as a tracker, or to present ideas. If you need another set of like-formatted frameworks (but not identical), choose another variation in this series to add them to your presentation. Just be sure that the sets are consistently formatted.

Short text strings/sentence fragments work best with this series. The gradient that has been set on each of the bars provides an open-end so that text can expand to the farthest right part of the slide. The gradient is a combination of semitransparency and full transparency so that the frameworks can be used with all slide backgrounds.

Place text over the block and left edges of the bars as a separate text field. Also place text over the individual bars as a separate text field. This layering is important for two reasons:

  1. If you type your text into the block, the bar overlays will obscure the text
  2. Text will extend beyond the left boundary of the bars only if you overlay separate text fields.

Once you have identified the best-suited bullet alternative variation, 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 the slanted bar and rows

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the graphic, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. If you just want to widen the bars, group them and increase/reduce them to the desired size.

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. Use a complementary lighter color for the horizontal bars. You may need to try a few different colors from your palette because the semitransparent overlay of the horizontal bars "blends" with the block – some blends typically do not produce a great blended color. If you use gradients, eliminate the lines.

3D variations

Don't use 3D with these frameworks. Because of the overlay and semitransparency, the 3D doesn't really look very good.


Don't use shadows with these frameworks unless you are using PowerPoint 2007 and apply a shadow to the grouped framework. Otherwise, it's the same issue as 3D: because of the overlay and semitransparency, the shadows don't really work very well.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients work really well with this type of framework (see series example). The gradient that fades away on the right (no right-hand boundary) actually extends the text field so more text can be used. Pictures or icons added to the inside of the circle work particularly well. Adjust the color as you would with any field with a gradient.


Animate as wipes or another effects that support the flow of the framework. Download the animation example for a possible animation scheme.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

BA013 – Bullet Alternatives 013 – Slanted Bar and Rows

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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