Animating Text and Objects

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

Introduction

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In PowerPoint, you can animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and pictures. Animation—or movement—on the slide can be used to draw the audience's attention to specific content or to make the slide easier to read.

Optional: Download our practice presentation.

The four types of animations

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

To apply an animation to an object:

  1. Select the object you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, click the More drop-down arrow in the Animation group.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. A drop-down menu of animation effects will appear. Select the desired effect.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting an effect
  4. The effect will apply to the object. The object will have a small number next to it to show that it has an animation. In the Slide pane, a star symbol also will appear next to the slide.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The number and the star indicate that an effect has been added

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

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013More 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.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Viewing the options for the Fly In effect

To remove an animation

  1. Select the small number located next to the animated object.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting the number
  2. Press the Delete key. The animation will be deleted.

Working with animations

To add multiple animations to an object:

If you select a new animation from the the menu in the Animation group, it will replace the object's current animation. However, you'll sometimes want to place more than one animation on an object, like an Entrance and an Exit effect. To do this, you'll need to use the Add Animation command, which will allow you to keep your current animations while adding new ones.

  1. Select an object.
  2. Click the Animations tab.
  3. In the Advanced Animation group, click the Add Animation command to view the available animations.
  4. Select the desired animation effect.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Adding an additional animation
  5. If the object has more than one effect, it will have a different number for each effect. The numbers indicate the order in which the effects will occur.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013An object with two animations

To copy animations with the Animation Painter:

In some cases, you may want to apply the same effects to more than one object. You can do this by copying the effects from one object to another using the Animation Painter. In our example, we want text to appear on our banner shape, so we've added a text box on top of the banner. We'd like the text to appear using the same effects we used on the banner, so we'll use the Animation Painter to copy the effects from the banner to the text box.

  1. Click the object that has the effects you want to copy. In our example, we'll click our banner shape.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking an object
  2. From the Animations tab, click the Animation Painter command.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Animation Painter command
  3. Click the object you want to copy the effects to. The effects are applied to the object. In our example, the effects from the shape are applied to the text box.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013After copying the effects

To reorder the animations:

  1. Select the number of the effect you want to change.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting an effect
  2. From the Animations tab, click the Move Earlier or Move Later commands to change the ordering.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Moving the effect later

To preview animations:

Any animation effects you have applied will show up when you play the slide show. However, you can also quickly preview the animations for the current slide without viewing the slide show.

  1. Navigate to the slide you want to preview.
  2. From the Animations tab, click the Preview command. The animations for the current slide will play.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Previewing the animation

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.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Opening 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 in which they will appear.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Animation Pane

If you have several animated objects, it may help to rename the objects before reordering them in the Animation Pane. You can rename them in the Selection Pane. To open the Selection Pane, click an object, then from the Format tab click Selection Pane. Double-click the name of an object to rename it.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Renaming an object in the Selection Pane

To reorder effects from the Animation Pane:

  1. On the Animation Pane, click and drag an effect up or down.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Dragging an effect to change the order
  2. The effects will reorder themselves.

To preview effects from the Animation Pane:

  1. From the Animation Pane, click the Play button.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The 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.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The timeline indicates which effect is playing

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

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking Show Advanced Timeline

To change an effect's start option:

By default, an effect starts 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.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The 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.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The 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.

The Effect Options dialog box

From the Animation Pane, you can access the Effect Options dialog box, which contains more advanced options you can use to fine tune your animations.

To open the Effect Options dialog box:

  1. From the Animation Pane, select an effect. A drop-down arrow will appear next to the effect.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow, then select Effect Options.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting Effect Options
  3. The Effect Options dialog box will appear. From here, you can add various enhancements to the effect:
    • Sound: Adds a sound effect to the animation
    • After animation: Changes the color or hides the object after the animation is over
    • Animate text: Allows you to animate text all at once, one word at a time, or one letter at a time
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Effect Options dialog box

Some effects have additional options you can change. These will vary depending on which effect you have selected.

To change the effect timing:

  1. From the Effect Options dialog box, select the Timing tab.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting the Timing tab
  2. From here, you can add a delay before the effect starts, change the duration of the effect, and control whether or not the effect repeats.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Changing the timing options

Challenge!

  1. Open an existing PowerPoint presentation. If you want, you can download our practice presentation.
  2. Add an entrance effect to an object. If you are using the example, use one of the objects on slide 3.
  3. Use the Animation Painter to copy the effect to another object.
  4. Use the Animation Pane to reorder the effects.
  5. Experiment with different start options and timings.
  6. Add two additional effects to one of the objects.
  7. Several animation effects have been applied to the objects on slide 3. Use the Animation Pane to explore and experiment with the effects.