PowerPoint: Animating Text and Objects

If you really want to add some excitement
to your presentation, try adding some animations. PowerPoint has a wide variety of animated
effects that can be applied to text and other objects. In this example, I’m creating a very basic
quiz that has a question on each slide. I’d like to add animation to these two text boxes…
and also the man on top of the moon. To get started, select the first object you
want you want to animate… then go to the Animations tab. Next, click the drop down
arrow to see all the available effects. There are four different categories:
Entrance, which will happen when the object first appears…
Emphasis, which happens while the object is on the slide… Exit, which will cause the object to disappear…
And Motion Paths, which will move the object along a path. I’m going to choose the one called Fly In,
which is an Entrance effect. For some effects, you’ll have different Effect
Options that you can choose from. As you can see, this one lets you change the direction. Let’s say I wanted to add second animation
to the text. If we try to select one from the main menu, it’s actually going to replace
the current effect. Instead, we’ll click the command that says Add Animation… and we
can apply additional effects to the same object. You can always tell which objects have animations
because they’ll have little numbers next to them—one for each effect. The thumbnail
for the slide will also have a star icon. If you want to preview the effect, just click
the Preview command any time. Now, the key to using animations effectively
is moderation. Say we wanted to add an effect to the answer text as well. We don’t want
anything too bold, like say the Swivel effect, because it might be distracting to the audience.
Instead, I’m just going to set it to slowly fade in, which should really help the answer
shine. It’s also important to note that not every
object needs an animation. This is especially true in more corporate or professional settings.
In this case, we’re creating a fairly casual presentation—so I’m going to add one more
effect to our little astronaut, but leave the rest of the slide alone. At this point, we have several animations
to keep track of, so it might be a good time to open the Animation Pane. The pane appears
on the right and lets you do a few different things. You can click and drag the effects
to change the order that they play in… and you can use the drop-down arrow to access
even more options. By default, animations are set to start when
you click the mouse, but I don’t want to have to do that for every single one. Instead,
we can have some of them start automatically, either with the previous effect or after.
I’m going to choose After for everything but the very first animation. That way, they’ll
all play one after the other, as soon as we click the mouse. If you go back to the drop-down arrow… and
then choose Effect Options from the menu… you’ll get a dialog box where you can really
fine-tune the effect. Some of these options will vary depending on the specific animation
you’re working with. For example, with this animation… we can
set the answer to fade in all at once, one word at a time, or one letter at a time. I
want a little bit more flair, so I’m going to go ahead and choose by letter. If we go to the Timing tab… we can adjust
things like the speed of the effect and whether or not it repeats. I’m going to add a tiny
bit of delay to give the audience more time to think of the answer. And that looks perfect! Now I’m going to play the entire slide show
so we can see the finished product. We’ll just click the mouse to trigger the first
effect… which triggers the next one automatically… and then the next one. I really like the way the answer animation
turned out, so I’d like to use the same one on the other question slides. Luckily, we
don’t have to go through all the steps again—we can just copy and paste the effect from one
object to another. First, select the object whose animation you
want to copy… then click the command that says Animation Painter. Next, click whatever
object you want to add the effect to… and now it fades in, in exactly the same way. We’re well on our way to creating a fun practice
quiz. With just a few animations, you can turn a simple slide show into something interesting
and engaging.


  1. shaeiou January 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    how come mine didn't come with an animations tab? 🙁

  2. Error July 9, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    why mines look different?

  3. Firas Almashkoor August 21, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Thanks, I am working on my thesis seminar and I was looking for how to do the text transition. I watch too many videos your was the perfect one. Thanks again.

  4. Imane Berrouba Tani September 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    PLz HELP ! How can I extend animation timing for more than 1 mnt ? I am using Mac

  5. Ravi Ghai April 6, 2018 at 4:09 pm


  6. Eneja Vehovec April 8, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    how can I add an animation like is that astronaut?

  7. Duy Thành_ Paris May 15, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Merci Madame !

  8. kristina karreno June 7, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us! Nice illustrations!

  9. Hari Bhakti July 29, 2018 at 7:33 am

    very nice,,good job, keep it up, and thnk yew, god bless yu….

  10. Mufti Menk Preachings August 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    The slides not coming automatically even keeping as after previous..how to fix this?

  11. Amulu R August 29, 2018 at 3:50 pm


  12. Cbiblical August 30, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful presentation. Now, would you be willing to show how you made this presentation with the starry background, the numbers to the left of the slide in purple color, etc.?

  13. Zoee White September 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    @5:09 Very true!!!! Would have been a complete tutorial showing the end result. Thanks for the tutorial

  14. nyarlethotep October 2, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    This is really helpful and pleasant to watch. Thank you so much.

  15. nerdyguy November 14, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    very informative.
    nice vid

  16. สอนเท่าไรก็ไม่จํา November 19, 2018 at 6:55 am

    how can I get you space slide

  17. Minh Trị November 24, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Helped alot

  18. KillerBaum November 30, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    There is no Tab called Motion Paths… 🙁 It was there like 2 Years ago but it isnt anymore. Can I find it anywhere else?

  19. bantawi December 9, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    very helpful. thank you

  20. LeftOverWoman321 January 25, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Wow. Thank you this was absolutely wonderful!

  21. Coach Ameena February 4, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Thank you 🙂

  22. Sammy Joseph March 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Clear and easy to follow! Thanks!

  23. Cynthia Bighorse March 9, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    How did you add the moon with the astronaut guy?

  24. HAPPY Girls March 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Thx a lot

  25. Melinda Grohol March 25, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    So clear and easy to understand! Thank you so much!

  26. Sandra Muleya April 9, 2019 at 11:50 am


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  28. Helen Batson April 22, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Fantastic. Thank you so much.

  29. The Knowledge daily May 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    this is good video ever help me alots.
    make more lecture for how i study powerpoint

  30. Dallas Mobile Detail May 23, 2019 at 1:39 am

    That is a very good video thanks

  31. PB Martin July 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    great short tutorial

  32. AXHEJAZ July 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for your help it was much, much appreciated! Have a fantastic day!

  33. A T July 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the video, very helpful – Question – where can I find free objects that are not copywriite and are free to use for individuals and business. Would you please post a link? Thank you

  34. Eliza Scott July 20, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you much

  35. Gerard Dunne August 7, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I can't find the animation pane on mine

  36. Press me! August 10, 2019 at 10:09 am

    @1:29 thank youu

  37. My name is Jain August 23, 2019 at 6:27 am

    thanks for the tutorial and for understand me

  38. Reed Radomsky August 29, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    So while this is helpful, it would be nice to see how to do an animation that does not require a mouse click. For example if you had an audio recording and you wanted a picture to appear 20 seconds into the audio recording. Why does the first animation have to start with a click? Can't it just be a certain time into that slide? Other, remote viewers of a presentation will not know to click 20 seconds into that specific slide so having to click to start an animation doesn't help.

  39. Aaron Kagan August 30, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I know how to animate on PowerPoint because I learned at my computer class

  40. Trang Vũ Quỳnh September 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Can you give me link font?

  41. Vijay Kumar September 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    it really helped me a lot. thank you so much

  42. BiLaL Aziz September 7, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    After making one by one slide in animation mode like this video then how can we present these slides in a video format ????

  43. Mile Men October 7, 2019 at 1:39 am

    What if i want it text by text animation?

  44. Use Web October 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Best !

  45. ZAMIQ October 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Thanks this is very usefull, good work!!

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