ATOI365D #Office365Challenge I’ve seen a couple of tweets about the bullet points not working in PowerPoint Designer. I’ve tried, tried and tried again (maybe an update has come through) and Voila – I got it working.

Day:  325 of 365, 40 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint
Description: Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint
Audience:  All


What does Microsoft Say? PowerPoint Designer is a new service that lets you take your content and automatically generate a variety of ideas that you can choose from to make your slides look better. While you’re putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.. Read more…

This update was released November 2015.

Yesterday I covered the basics around using Designer in PowerPoint – now let’s see about those bullets shall we?

Using PowerPoint Designer for your bullets:

  • I couldn’t get it to work with Bullets – only with numbers.
  • I eventually got it to work with bullets – but only sometimes 🙂
  • You have to use a layout – I used Title and Content
  • If PowerPoint detects that you’re busy listing a process – it will start making suggestions
  • It doesn’t always work – but it sure is worth trying. I’ve had success changing between bullets and numbers, and changing the words a bit.

So let’s ignore the rules and just try it out:


Type the text and heading, click on the Design Tab > Design Ideas. You will see the task pane opens on the right where it starts showing suggestions immediately:


Here are the results I got – remember that this took mere seconds to create:


Please try this. And retry. Send feedback to Microsoft – this will only get better!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.