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How to Add Bullet Points in Google Slides

How to Add Bullet Points in Google Slides

Tricks like adding speaker notes to your Google Slides make it easier to discuss your presentation. But that alone won’t make your presentation great. The key to an excellent discussion is ensuring your slides are as concise and to the point as possible. Adding vast chunks of text per slide isn’t ideal. Instead, consider adding bullet points to your slide in Google Slides to make it easier for viewers to understand.  

How to Add Bullet Points in Google Slides From the Web

Adding bullet points in Google Slides is easy. However, with so many icons in the interface, it’s easy to overlook where the option is located.

  1. Open your Google Slides file on your PC and head to the slide where you want to add bullet points.
  2. Click Insert from the toolbar at the top.
  3. Select the Text box and place it anywhere on the slide.
    Adding a text box to Google Slides
  4. Click the text box and select Bulleted list from the icons above.
    Location of bulleted list icon in Google Slides
  5. Start typing your text.
  6. To add sub-bullets to your bullet points, head to the line you want to move and press Tab.
    Bullet points with sub-bullets in Google Slides

When working with multiple slides, add bullet points to one deck and duplicate the slide.

How to Customize Bullet Points in Google Slides

The default bullet points in Google Slides might not align with what you seek. The good news is that you can pick from a few bullet point styles in Google Slides.

  1. Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Highlight the bullet points.
  3. Click on the drop-down menu next to Bullet points from the toolbar at the top.
  4. Select which style from the list.
    Customizing bullet points in Google Slides

Unfortunately, you can’t use personalized bullet points in Google Slides. You can only choose from the pre-specified designs. You can draw on Google Slides to highlight a specific part of the presentation. 

How to Add Bullet Points in Google Slides From Android or iPhone App

You can also add bullet points to a presentation using the Google Slides app on your Android or iPhone. The only difference is that, unlike the web version, you can’t customize the bullet points.

  1. Open your presentation and head to the slide you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit slide.
  3. Select the plus button and tap Text.
    Inserting text box to Google Slides mobile app
  4. Adjust your text box accordingly and then tap it.
  5. Select Bullet points on the lower right side of the screen and begin typing your text.
    Adding bullet points to Google Slide mobile app

Make Your Presentations Easier To Understand

Bullet points can make your presentations more straightforward to understand. It’s not wise to have your slides filled with text, as many viewers can find it distracting and tiresome. You should also consider adding GIFs to Google Slides to make them catchy and funny.


Q: What is the shortcut to add bullet points in Google Slides?

A: On Windows PCs, the shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + 8. It’s Cmd + Shift + 8 on Mac.

Q: How do you make one bullet point appear at a time on Google Slides?

A: When using the animate feature, you’ll need to create a separate text box for each bullet point to make them appear one at a time.

Q: How do you change the color of bullet points on Google Slides?

A: You can do so by changing the font color of your text on the text formatting menu. You can’t make the bullet points have a different color from your text.

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Jonas Sunico

Nov 11, 2023

Jonas is a writer with over 6 years of experience in the tech and gaming industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from University of the East Philippines and is one of the proud leaders of the academe's Journalism Society. At heart, he's a hardcore tech junkie that loves video games, the latest gadgets, and the wonderful science behind social media and AI.

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