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    Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    Call me a purist. Every week, I create a PowerPoint for a Retirement home showing the week's activities, menus, etc. For each day's activities, I use the Slide Layout with Title and Bulleted list. The first bullet begins with (*) 8:00 (tab)exercise (for example) When I reach the double-digit hours (*) 10:00 (for example), my right alignment no longer lines up. Is there a work-around other than placing a zero in front of my single-digit hours? I can't find a way to format that will correct this.

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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    Have you tried changing the tab setting for your slide to a decimal tab - I think that may treat the : as a decimal and adjust the number so it always sits in the same spot. I haven't tested it, but give it a whirl. For more guidance on tabs in general, do a search for tab and then choose the topic "About indent and tab settings" - let us know how you fare.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    I tried both your suggestions, Wendell. Thanks for replying.
    The decimel tab did not use the colon to align (good try, though!). And looking up "About indent and tab settings" just gave me the usual "stuff". Like many other Office users, I can make these changes using Word and get frustrated that PowerPoint doesn't allow me to do it.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    The other possibility is to use a right tab - if you are using a monspace font, at least as far as numbers are concerned, then you can put a right tab in and the data should align right. Put the tab character before the time, and then enter the date, then another tab. Not intuitive, but it may work for you - you could actually set the times as a monospace font like Courier too.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    I did try a right Tab, Wendell; however, we're losing sight of the fact that I WANT a bullet. Bullets call attention to each individual item since some of the items use more than one line.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    Well it turns out a trick is required - or at least that was the way I made it work. The problem is if you enter a tab character at the beginning of a line, it is interpreted as an indent, even if you have a right tab set. So use this process:<UL><LI>Begin with the detail text box set to have bullets of your choice, and set a right tab where you want the time to end. (You might also want to set a tab where the text goes - I used the default tab.
    <LI>Type one arbitrary character, type a tab, then the time, and then another tab and then the activity.
    <LI>Continue entering lines till you finish.
    <LI>Then go back and delete the arbitrary character - you may want to adjust the tab setting after you do that - the text will move when you do.[/list]I've attached a sample powerpoint with two slides - the first showing the data as entered, and the second showing the slide after editing. Hope this helps.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    Well, Wendell, you're a WHIZ! It surely does work that way.
    Thanks so much.
    Now, I just have to decide if I want to go to all that trouble creating ten or twelve bulleted time slides every week.
    You've shown me it CAN be done.
    Thanks again.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    You might consider creating sort of a template, and setting it up so all you do is change the times and activities. Once you convince PPT that you want the line to start with a tab it seems to stay there even if you don't have any following text.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    Wendell,

    Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too. No tricks - nothing up my sleeve.

    With the bullet placeholder box, set your right tab where you want to have the right aligned end of the times. Set a left tab for the activity if desired.

    On each new line, use CTRL+tab to go to the right tab and then type the time. You'll get what you want and don't need the extra char.As observed, a plain tab changes the level of indent.

    I tried it and it does work in 2003.

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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    I should have thought of that - it works much like Word in that respect! <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    I modified your suggestion somewhat, too, Wendell. As I signed in to the Forum, I read Fred's reply and, between the two of you, you have given me the information I needed to make my PowerPoint look more professional. I was going to tell you that I found it wasn't necessary to type a character after tabbing. It works with just a space, too.

    Once again the experts at Woody's Forum have come through for me. I occasionally write a Thank You Note to my friend who told me about Woody's. I feel so happy about learning how to do this presentation that I feel he deserves another Thank You Note.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Formatting bullets (MS PowerPoint 2003 SP!)

    >it works much like Word in that respect!

    Yep, that's why I thought of it. I know lots more about Word than about PPT. Luck on my part that they work the same.

    Fred

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