Create a vertical bullet list


Keywords    vertical bullets; bullet list layout; bullet list style; animate vertical bullet; vertical bullet style; vertical bullet color


If you want to illustrate non-sequential or grouped blocks of information, you can create a SmartArt graphic that uses a vertical bullet list layout. A vertical bullet list graphically illustrates a list with long headings or a lot of top-level information or a main point that has multiple sub-points. By using a SmartArt graphic in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, or Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can create a vertical bullet list and include it in your spreadsheet, e-mail message, presentation, or document.

Vertical Bullet List

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Create a vertical bullet list

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.

Illustrations group Ribbon Image

  1. In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery, click List, and then double-click Vertical Bullet List.
  2. To enter text in a box, do one of the following:
    • Click [Text] in the Text pane, and then type your text.
    • Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text pane, and then paste your text.

 Note   If the Text pane is not visible, click the control.

Text Pane control

  • Click in a box in the SmartArt graphic, and then type your text.

 Note   For best results, use this option after you add all of the boxes that you want.

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Add or delete boxes in your vertical bullet list

Add a box

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic that you want to add a box to.
  2. Click the existing box that is located closest to where you want to add the new box.
  3. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the Create Graphic group, click the arrow under Add Shape.

Add a shape

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected the SmartArt graphic.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To insert a box at the same level as the selected box but following it, click Add Shape After.
    • To insert a box at the same level as the selected box but before it, click Add Shape Before.

Delete a box

To delete a box, click the border of the box you want to delete, and then press DELETE.

 Notes 

  • When you need to add a box to your vertical bullet list, experiment with adding the box before or after the selected box to get the placement you want for the new box. It’s simple to fix common SmartArt mistakes.
  • To add a box from the Text pane:
    1. Place your cursor at the beginning of the text where you want to add a box.
    2. Type the text that you want in your new box, press ENTER, and then to indent the new box, press TAB, or to negative indent, press SHIFT+TAB.

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Move a box in your vertical bullet list

  • To move a box, click the box, and then drag it to its new location.
  • To move a box in very small increments, hold down CTRL while you press the arrow keys on your keyboard.

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Change the colors of your vertical bullet list

To quickly add a designer-quality look and polish to your SmartArt graphic, you can change the colors or apply a SmartArt Style to your vertical bullet list. You can also add effects, such as glows, soft edges, or 3-D effects.

You can apply color combinations that are derived from the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) to the boxes in your SmartArt graphic, so that when your theme changes, your SmartArt graphic will update its colors as well.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic whose color you want to change.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click Change Colors.

SmartArt toolbar - Vertical Block List

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected a SmartArt graphic.

  1. Click the color combination that you want.

 Tip   When you place your pointer over a thumbnail, you can see how the colors affect your SmartArt graphic.

Change the line color or style of a box's border

  1. In the SmartArt graphic, right-click the border of the box you want to change, and then click Format Shape.
  2. To change the color of the box's border, click Line Color, click Color Button image, and then click the color that you want.
  3. To change the style of the box's border, click Line Style, and then choose the line styles you want.

Change the background color of a box in your vertical bullet list

  1. Right-click the border of a box, and then click Format Shape.
  2. Click the Fill pane, and then click Solid fill.
  3. Click Color Button image, and then click the color that you want.
  4. To specify how much you can see through the background color, move the Transparency slider, or enter a number in the box next to the slider. You can vary the percentage of transparency from 0% (fully opaque, the default setting) to 100% (fully transparent).

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Apply a SmartArt Style to your vertical bullet list

A SmartArt Style is a combination of various effects, such as line style, bevel, or 3-D, that you can apply to the boxes in your SmartArt graphic to create a unique and professionally designed look.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic whose SmartArt Style you want to change.
  2. Under SmartArt Tools, on the Design tab, in the SmartArt Styles group, click the SmartArt Style that you want.

SmartArt toolbar - Vertical Block List

To see more SmartArt Styles, click the More button button image.

If you don't see the SmartArt Tools or Design tabs, make sure that you've selected a SmartArt graphic.

 Notes 

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Animate your vertical bullet list

If you're using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can animate your vertical bullet list to emphasize each box or each hierarchical level.

  1. Click the SmartArt graphic that you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Animate, and then click By branch one by one.

Animations tab image

 Note    If you copy a vertical bullet list that has an animation applied to it to another slide, the animation is also copied.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007