Animating Text and Objects

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

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