Animating Text and Objects

In PowerPoint animate text and learn to use the PowerPoint animate object feature to bring PowerPoint presentations to life.

Animating text and objects

Video: Animating Objects in PowerPoint 2010

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PowerPoint offers a variety of animations you can use to enhance your presentation. Animations can be used to make text or objects appear on a slide, exit a slide, or emphasize the text or objects already on a slide. You can even use motion paths to create a customized animation.

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The four types of animations

There are many different animation effects you can choose from, and they are organized into four types:

To apply an animation to an object:

  1. Select an object.
  2. Click the Animations tab.
  3. In the Animation group, click the More drop-down arrow to view the available animations.
    The More drop-down arrowThe More drop-down arrow
  4. Select the desired animation effect.
    Selecting an effectSelecting an effect
  5. The object will now have a small number next to it to show that it has an animation. Also, in the Slide pane, the slide will now have a star symbol next to it.
    The number and the star indicate that an effect has been addedThe number and the star indicate that an effect has been added

At the bottom of the menu, you can access even more effects.

More animation effectsMore animation effects

Effect options

Some effects will have options you can change. For example, with the Fly In effect, you can control which direction the object comes from. These options can be accessed from the Effect Options command in the Animation group.

Viewing the options for the Fly In effectViewing the options for the Fly In effect