Animations in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows

Uploaded by sayyyrah123 on 04.10.2010

Hi, my name is Sarah and today, I am going to be teaching you how to include animations
on Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. There are a few things you need to know about animations.
First, they are relatively easy to master. Though it may look difficult, the steps are
few and simple; and once you have learned the basics, you will be able to play around
with the program and create more intricate effects. Second, animation can be a useful
tool for focusing, catching, and holding your audiences’ attention. You can highlight
particular sections of texts to emphasize importance or design points to fly in as you
discuss them to prevent the audience from reading ahead. Also, animation goes far beyond
text, as it can be added to graphs, charts, and pictures. There are dozens of possible
effects you can add, and I have modeled a few of the basics, so let’s get started!
I have already created an identical page without the animations so let’s go from there. First,
let’s add some animation to our title. Click on your title, then select the “Animations”
tab at the top of your screen. Next, select custom animation and a task pane should appear
to the right side of your screen. This task pane will allow you to create a multitude
of different animations. Simply select your item to be animated, as we have done, and
click on the “Add Effect” drop down menu. This gives you a variety of effect choices,
which you can play around with later, but for now, let’s select “emphasis” and
then “more effects.” A new window will pop up, displaying all of your choices. If
you select the various effects, PowerPoint will display a preview so you can view the
effect to make sure that is the one you want. One of my personal favorites is “wave,”
so for now, let’s choose that one and click “ok.” You can also change the speed of
your newly created animation. I am going to set mine to “fast.” So let’s preview
what we have just created. You can preview the slideshow by selecting the button in the
bottom right hand corner. Ahhhh, animation! Let’s go back to continue editing our presentation
by pressing the escape key so we can work on adding animation to the remainder of the
text on this slide. Repeat the same process as before, just click on the text box and
go over to the task pane and choose the “Add Effect” drop down menu. This time, highlight
“entrance” and “more effects.” Again, a separate window will open up and you can
play around with the various effects, but for now, we will select the “rise up”
option and choose “ok.” Let’s preview what we’ve done. Notice the bullets all enter simultaneously.
We will need to fix that so that each click reveals only one point at a time. Let’s
exit the show; again by pressing escape and in the task pane, select the drop down menu
on the textbox that we just created. Choose “effect options,” and when the new dialogue
box pops up, go to the “text animation” tab. Drop down the “group text” menu,
and for this particular page, we will need to select “2nd level paragraphs” because
there are sub-bullets under the main bullets. When you have done this, click “ok” and
a preview of our work will be displayed. Now every bullet, even the sub-bullets, wait for
the mouse click before they appear. Also, we may want to dim the text after it has appeared
so the audience will know which point to focus on. Let’s go over to the task pane and,
once again, go to “effect options.” Drop down the menu beside “after animation”
and select a color so that the text will dim to that color after you have moved on to the
following point. When you are satisfied with your color, select “ok” and again, a preview
of your work will come up. Now each bullet depends on the mouse click, and the points
dim once the speaker moves on to their next bullet.
We are almost done! The last thing I am going to teach you is how to animate pictures. The
process is the same as we did for text. Just select the picture that you want to animate
and choose the “add effect” drop down menu from the custom animations task pane.
I am going to highlight “entrance” and choose “more effects,” but again, you
can play around with exits and emphasis to find exactly what you need to fit your project.
When the new window comes up, choose your effects. One of my personal favorites is “spiral
in” so I am going to select that and choose “ok.” I am satisfied with the speed, so
let’s try out our entire page to see what we’ve just created. Slide show and action!
And there we go! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on Microsoft PowerPoint animation
for Windows. Have fun playing around with this new skill and good luck!