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Add Animation to PowerPoint Presentation

To keep your audiences interest, you can add animation to your presentation to catch their eye. There are many options for animating text and images. This demonstration will walk you through the basics.

You will need:


A presentation previously started

Step 1: Animate Images

If you’d like an image to gradually come onto the screen in your presentation, you simply need to animate the image. To do this, select the image you wish to animate. We’ve chosen to animate the image in slide # 3. You can tell we’ve selected it because the selection box is visible around the image.

Click the animations tab. Here you have several options for how to animate the image. You might want your image to fade in or perhaps you want it to fade out right before the slide changes. Use the scroll bar or click the arrow below the scroll to view all your options.

Click preview to see how each animation will look. Below is a shot of the options if you click the arrow.

Here’s a shot of the animation options available by using the scroll.

We’ve chosen to have our image split where two pieces come together. In the image below, you can see the two sides coming together.

Step 2: Animate Text

You can animate text in the same way. You can choose to animate the entire page or on a paragraph by paragraph basis. On the animation navigation bar, use the drop down arrow next to Effect Options to select how you want to animate the slide.

We wanted our sentences to zoom in and our bullet points to bounce into place so we chose to sequence by paragraph. Once animation is applied, each paragraph is assigned number. You can click the number to change the animation for that particular paragraph.

Click to change animation


You can apply more than one animation to an object. To do this, simply click the Add Animation button just as you did with the first one. Animations will play in the order they were applied.


Step 3: Animation Pane

Another way to view a list of the animations applied to a slide is to click the Animation Pane. The Animation Pane for the slide will open to the right. You can see that each animation effect has an assigned number to the left. You can change the animation effects, the timing and also play the entire animation to see what it will look like.

Step 4: Effect Options

For even greater edititng ability, you can adjust many of the effects available in powerpoint. To see which options are available for an individual effect, simply right-click the effect in the animation page and select effect options. Not all effects will have extra options.

We chose to see what options were available for our 2nd animation effect. Remember, this is a bullet point that we wanted to bounce. With the effects option, we can enhance our animation by adding sound, a dimming feature, set the timing and more.

Simply make your selections and click OK when you’re finished.

Step 5: Animation Timing

By default, the animation is set to play immediately upon the slide opening. To change when the animation starts, select the effect in the animation pane and then using the drop down arrow next to the Start, choose when it should start – upon click, at the same time as the previous animation or after the last animation.

You can edit the duration of the animation as well as set a delay. These are measured in seconds.

In addition, you can change the order in which the animations are applied. Simply click the effect in the animation pane and click the move earlier or later arrow.

That’s it! Creating animated text and images is quite simple and can make your presentations really stand out.


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