Animating Text and Objects

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

The Animation pane

The Animation pane allows you to view and manage all of the effects that are on the current slide. You can modify and reorder effects directly from the Animation pane, which is especially useful when you have several effects.

To open the Animation pane:

  1. From the Animations tab, click the Animation Pane command.
    Opening the Animation PaneOpening the Animation Pane
  2. The Animation pane will open on the right side of the window. It will show all of the effects for the current slide in the order they will appear.
    The Animation PaneThe Animation Pane

To reorder effects from the Animation pane:

  1. On the Animation pane, click and drag an effect up or down.
    Dragging an effect to change the orderDragging an effect to change the order
  2. The effects will reorder.

To preview effects from the Animation pane:

  1. From the Animation pane, click the Play button.
    The Play buttonThe Play button
  2. The effects for the current slide will play. On the right side of the Animation pane, you will be able to see a timeline that shows the progress through each effect.
    The timeline shows which effect is playingThe timeline shows which effect is playing

If the timeline is not visible, click the drop-down arrow for an effect, then select Show Advanced Timeline.

To change an effect's start option:

By default, an effect begins playing when you click the mouse during a slide show. If you have multiple effects, you will need to click multiple times to start each effect individually. However, by changing the start option for each effect, you can have effects that automatically play at the same time or one after the other.

  1. From the Animation pane, select an effect. A drop-down arrow will appear next to the effect.
    The drop-down arrow for an effectThe drop-down arrow for an effect
  2. Click the drop-down arrow. You will see three start options:
    • Start on Click: This will start the effect when the mouse is clicked.
    • Start With Previous: This will start the effect at the same time as the previous effect.
    • Start After Previous: This will start the effect when the previous effect ends.
    The three start optionsThe three start options
  3. Select the desired start option.

When you preview the animations, all of the effects will play through automatically. To test effects that are set to Start on Click, you will need to play the slide show.