How to Demote Bullets in Powerpoint

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How to Demote Bullets in Powerpoint
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Being able to demote a bullet allows you to produce more ideas without copying, deleting and pasting the pre-existing bullets of information. The PowerPoint Outline Area, where you find the demotion button, allows the publisher of the PowerPoint to focus on the actual content. The initial outline can act as a rough draft for your presentation and therefore help you concentrate on how the presentation will look, according to the University of Texas website.

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  1. 1

    Open the PowerPoint document. Click the “Outline” tab that is located next to the “Slides” tab.

  2. 2

    Click the slide’s title, the bullet point or the sub-bullet. The title is the name of the slide, the bullet point consists of the main points in the slide and the sub-bullets consist of ideas that support the main bullet point.

  3. 3

    Click the “Demote” button on the “Outlining” toolbar. The “Demote” button is the button that displays a green arrow pointing to the right. Complete by pressing the button to change the title to a bullet point or a bullet point to a sub-bullet. The bullets will demote the text into a bullet point or sub-bullet point.

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