bullets

I am having trouble with bullets!  First, there doesn't appear to be a way to "start at" another number, as in PowerPoint.   

Second, sometimes a bullet will appear larger than other bullets...all in the same text box.

Does anyone have any answers?  This problem is causing me a lot of time!  I'm having to bring in numbers for bulleted items as graphics!

Thank you!!!

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Brian Allen

Hello Lynda - 

Bullet formatting is something that is still lacking a bit in the current version of Storyline.  You're not missing anything; there is no start at functionality and sometimes bullets just appear larger than others.

I've seen a thread somewhere around here that may address the big bullet problem, but can't remember exactly where it is at.

I have found that I currently get the best results by formatting my bulleted lists in PowerPoint and importing the slide content into Storyline.

Phil Mayor

To fix the bullet being different sizes is easy but also irritating that it happens at all.

Highlight from left to right the affected bullet and text (normally the last bullet).  You will know you have highligted it correctly because the text size will change to be blank.  Then reapply the formating.  Often you have to start the selection halfway over the affected bullet.

Chris Wall

Leandra Blair said:

Hey...I am sure this is on your fix list...didn't see that it was fixed in the Update 2. Bullets are different sizes when you type a list in a textbox in Storyline then select bullets from the toolbar.

I found I had this issue come up when I was dealing with someone else's PowerPoint deck (I'd NEVER do anything this daffy ...   ). Anyhow, the way the text in the original PPT text boxes was formatted, there was an extra carriage return / line feed at the end of the bullet list (OK, an exta hard return).

Initially, when the slide was imported into Storyline, everything was formatted properly, but as soon as I deleted the extraneous hard return, my last bullet was suddenly larger than the rest of the bullets in the list (I'm not certain, but I actually thiink this was a formatting issue left over from the original PPT deck).


What I do when I see this is a bit on the clunky side, but it works:

  1. I select a bulleted paragraph that's formatted properly (it doesn't seem to matter if I select it from left to right or right to left)
  2. Then I click on the format painter
  3. Then I select all the text of the improperly formatted bullet, and, voila!!! All is right with the world (presuming you live in a tiny world whose sole concern is formatting paragraphs)

I have to re-do this, it seems, for each separate item or text box I need to apply this fix to.

Here's my issue, though:

I have a bulleted list, and the first line indents further than the second and all other subsequent lines of the paragraph. Trying to find a way to adjust the indent, but haven't been lucky in that way.

Any ideas?

Maya Speights

Peter Anderson said:

Sorry to hear about the frustration, Terry. Our team is working hard to improve the bullets and other formatting features for future updates. We'll keep you posted. 


Hi Peter,

Does Articulate have an ETA when bullet formatting will be available?  The boring circles are killing my presentations...at least the option to change the bullet color and spacing would be fabulous.

While i'm on it. Paragraph spacing would be fabulous as well.

Terry Reid

My frustration level with bullets is reaching the point (no pun intended) where I am going to have to decide to ditch Storyline and go to Lectora unless Articulate can ensure me that this issue will be fixed asap.

I am trying to create professional looking courses. It doesn't matter if I import a powerpoint or start from scratch, I get the same problems:

1. bullets are different sizes and I spend endless time trying to adjust them so they are all the same size

2. lack of variety of bullets - creating a sub-bullet looks idotic because its the same bullet as the main one

3. indenting bullets to create sub-bullets creates more size issues

On the surface I'm sure this seems like a minor issue but my clients are complaining. I need the html5 format so I can't revert to good old Studio.  I hope someone at Articulate is listening because this issue has gone on for months now and nothing seems to have happened.

Maya Speights

Liz Moore said:

The only work around I have found is to insert the bullet points directly into a shape instead of using a text box.  For some reason, the bullets appear to be the same size when I use that option.  I do agree that the issue in size of bullets needs to be resolved though!

I also "cheated" with shapes and the indent button. It's tedious but does work.

Daniel Brigham

Phil Mayor said:

To fix the bullet being different sizes is easy but also irritating that it happens at all.

Highlight from left to right the affected bullet and text (normally the last bullet).  You will know you have highligted it correctly because the text size will change to be blank.  Then reapply the formating.  Often you have to start the selection halfway over the affected bullet.

Thanks, Phil. Pesky bullet thing reared its head and I did what you said and problem solved.