Animating Text and Objects

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

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