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    I typically use Corel Presentations, not PowerPoint, recently bought a remote device and discovered I can't use it to bring in bullet points (when the bullet points are set not to load with the slide but to be loaded manually later). Well, maybe I should say just that I haven't figured out how to make it bring in bullet points! The remote I have is not an expensive one. The buttons on it are dedicated for different things, and none of them bring in bullet points when pressed. I would have thought perhaps the button to advance to the next slide would have brought in bullet points if there were bullet points to be brought in, but it doesn't work that way.

    Now my questions is whether, with PowerPoint, such a remote might be expected to bring in bullet points rather than simply advance to the next slide - if the problem is that my remote doesn't work quite optimally with Presentations (would work better with PowerPoint) - or if this level of remote would work the same in PowerPoint - if the problem is just that I didn't buy a remote with enough options. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Could you tell us which remote control you have (brand name, model name or number)?

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    On our remotes using PowerPoint, the "Down Arrow" will bring in the next bulleted item where the "Next" button brings in the Next slide.

    Do these bullets worked as designed when using the keyboard instead of the remote?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    My remote has a slide switch that changes how it behaves.

    In one mode it can do page up and page down, in the other mode it does left mouse click and right mouse click. When I am doing PowerPoint presentations I usually set it to do mouse clicks and just use the left click.

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    Many thanks to all! (And sorry it took me so long to get back.) This remote does indeed have a slide switch that changes it from Presentation mode to Mouse mode, and in Mouse mode, yes, the left button both advances the slide and brings in bullet points. (It's a Targus PAUM30U by the way.)

    Now I'm not sure how this escaped me before, but in my defense, while I did say "I have a device" ..and so on... that was shorthand for simplicity. The device was purchased by my office for the use of others who were not able to figure out how to bring in the bullet points, and in a 5-minute review just before those presenting left the office I wasn't able to figure it out either. Too much reliance on user testing and not enough time spent on my part.

    I'm tickled, thanks again!

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    Cyndy, most presentation remotes have simple Forward and Back buttons when in Presentation mode. Forward would be the exact same as pressing the Space bar on your keyboard. So first use Custom Animation to sequence a bullet list and verify that it is configured as desired by advancing through them with the Space bar (making sure you are in Show mode, not just in Edit mode!).

    Once done, your remote should do just what you expect: advance through the bullets one by one.


    Having said all this, I want you to scrutinize the use of "On Click" to sequence your bullets. Most bullet lists do not need that kind of treatment; audiences would prefer that you just put them out there and speak to them (unless you have 20 bullet items on your slide, in which case you have far greater issues to wrestle with). The best use of sequencing is for dense, chunky data that really does need to be spoonfed to your audience in bite-size pieces. Bullet lists rarely require that same treatment, IMO...
    Rick Altman
    Author, "Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck...and how you can make them better"
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