Animating Shapes and Text in Your PowerPoint Slideshow

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  • 0:08 Why Use Animation?
  • 0:33 Adding Animation to Objects
  • 2:57 Configuring Animation Timing
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Instructor: Farran Tabrizi
Learn how to apply animations to your PowerPoint presentations in this video lesson. We will go over how to animate text and objects and how to set the timing for the animations.

Why Use Animation?

So, why do you want to use animation in your PowerPoint? It's good to incorporate animations into your slides so that you can present the information on screen as you're referencing it. If you were to just put all the text on the slide at once, you may as well just print a handout and call it a day. The benefit of giving a PowerPoint presentation is that you get to present the information at your own pace and choose the visuals that can accompany it while you're speaking.

Adding Animation to Objects

So, let's jump right in and show you how to add animation to your objects or text on screen. First off, you'll want to get the content that you'll be presenting onto your slides so you can start thinking about timing. Once all of that is in place, you're ready to select your objects to animate.

You can do these one at a time or apply the same animations to all. I personally think it's a good idea to stick to one to two types of animation per slide for consistency and so it's not distracting. I also suggest sticking with subtle animations so it doesn't feel clunky or tacky.

So, you want to start off by selecting the object or text that you want to animate; it's the same process for both, but let's start with the title. There are a couple places that you can go to pick your animations; I like using this top toolbar:

Selecting the Animation tab gives you a number of choices.
powerpoint animations toolbar

You simply select the Animation tab and you'll see it gives you a variety of choices. There are a lot of fun options, which can be tempting to use, but for professional presentations, you're best off using subtle animations, like fades or wipes. I'm going to go ahead with this wipe:

Subtle animations like wipes can be used for professional presentations.
powerpoint wipe option

Now you can make some tweaks to the wipe, like which direction it comes from and how long it takes to roll out. I think it reads better going from left to right. So, let's go to the Effect Options seen below and select From Left.

You can choose which direction your effect comes from.
effect option showing from left

Now that we have our animations set to our title, let's go ahead and start with the pieces of the Venn diagram here:

Slide showing Venn diagram
venn diagram

Once you start dealing with more than one animation, it's a good idea to open your Animation Pane, which is the button to the right shown below.

The Animation Pane allows you to keep track of which animations have been applied.
animation pane

This is a good reference for you to keep track (at a glance) of which objects have had animations applied and the order in which they'll be presented in.

Let's start by selecting the Lyrics circle. As I mentioned earlier, there's a couple places that you can go to for animations. There's this drop down shown below and the top bar, which we used earlier.

Another option for animations is to use the drop down shown.
drop down option

I'm going to go ahead and stick with the top bar today. Let's try this Float In option below…that looks nice!

Float In option
float in option

So, we have our circle, and if you click into it, you'll see that it's set to animate on click, which means it will activate by clicking your mouse or keyboard.

This animation is set to start by clicking your mouse or keyboard.
click on start option

There are also other options here like Timing, seen below, which allows you to adjust the duration of the transition or the delay once you execute the transition, but for now, we're just going to stick with the default.

There is an option to set the timing of animation.
timing option

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