Adding Animation to
Your PowerPoint Presentation
Text and Object Animat ions and Sl ide Trans i t ion
Animating Text and Objects
With PowerPoint you can animate text, graphics, diagrams, charts, and
other objects on your slides so that you can focus on important points,
control the flow of information, and add interest to your presentation.
Proceed with Caution!
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should…at least not
all the time. Adding animation to your presentation can
have a great impact if used effectively. Overuse can be
distracting over the course of a lecture.
You can simplify designing with animations by applying a preset animation
scheme to items on all slides, selected slides, or some items on the slide
master (the slide that stores information about the design template applied,
including font styles, placeholder sizes and positions, background design,
and color schemes). An animation scheme adds preset visual effects to text
on slides that usually include an effect for the slide title and an effect that is
applied to bullets or paragraphs on a slide.
You can also create custom animations that allow you to control how and
when you want an item to appear on a slide during your presentation — to
fly in from the left when you click the mouse, for example. You can apply
the animation to all items on a slide or you can apply it to a single bullet
item and use entrance, emphasis, or exit options, in addition to preset or
custom motion paths (the path that an object or text will follow as part of
an animation). Also, you can apply more than one animation to an item.
Most animation options include associated effects to choose from. These
might include options for playing a sound with the animation, and text
animations usually let you apply the effect by letter, word, or paragraph
(such as having a title fly in a word at a time instead of all at once). You
can preview the animation of your text and objects for one slide or for the