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How to Add Animation Effects in PowerPoint

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How to Add Animation in PowerPoint

There are always people who want to add animation in PowerPoint but are not sure how or when they should do so. In my experience, one of the most common uses is for the bullet points in a bulleted list.

What Is the Difference Between Animation and Transition As It Relates To a Powerpoint Presentation

A transition is the way one slide moves to on the next. An animation refers to the way an object enters, leaves or behaves when it is on a slide. In PowerPoint 2013 there are separate Transitions and Animations ribbons so it easy to understand the difference.

How do you insert animation in PowerPoint?
In PowerPoint 2013 it is very easy to add animation, not just to text but to other objects as well. These can include pictures, bits of clip art, text objects like Word Art, graphs and charts – pretty much anything in fact.

In the PowerPoint 2010 and 2103 versions there is a dedicated Animations ribbon that includes all the necessary tools for animation. In this tutorial I am using PowerPoint 2013 and will show you how to add animation to a bulleted list.

How to add animation effects in PowerPoint

First of all, enter the text you want to animate. I am using a test slide here.

Highlight the text, or just click in the paragraph and go to the Animations ribbon.

Click on the type of animation effect you want. If the one you want isn’t visible, expand the gallery by clicking in the bottom right corner – the little button reads “More” when you hover over it.


The gallery contains all the pre-set effects divided into categories Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Paths. At the bottom there are more options.

In this case I will apply a simple Fly In effect. A preview is shown immediately and the effect is now indicated by a small number 1 next to the text.

The default direction for this animation is to fly in from the bottom. In this case, I want the text to fly in from the left, so I click on the Effect Options button and choose this from the drop-down list.

I can now add more text if I want to.

In this version, PowerPoint automatically adds the same animation style to each subsequent bullet point. In earlier versions you have to add the same effect each time, although in PowerPoint 2010 the Animation Painter provided a quick way of replicating an animation.

The Animation Painter is a great way to apply the same effect to other text or objects in the presentation. If you double-click the button you get unlimited opportunities to “paint” the animation – very much like the Format Painter button in Microsoft Word.

Why Do We Use Animation in Powerpoint

Very simply, we use animation whenever we want to add a bit of spice to a presentation. This may be as the text enters the slide, when it leaves or when we want to emphasise a particular point. It could also be to add an element of surprise or to reveal something during the presentation.

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How to Add Animation Effects in PowerPoint

  1. 1. How to Add Animation Effects In PowerPoint
  2. 2. How do you insert animation in PowerPoint? • In PowerPoint 2013 it is very easy to add animation • It can be added to text but also to pictures and clip art • You can animate Text objects like Word Art • You can also animate graphs and charts • In fact you can add animation to pretty much anything
  3. 3. How to add animation effects in PowerPoint • First of all, enter the text you want to animate:
  4. 4. The Animations Ribbon • Highlight the text, or just click in the paragraph and go to the Animations ribbon:
  5. 5. Choosing the type of Animation • Click on the type of animation effect you want • If the one you want isn’t visible, expand the gallery by clicking in the bottom right corner • The little button reads “More” when you hover over it:
  6. 6. Expanding the Effect Gallery • The gallery contains all the pre-set effects divided into categories Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Paths:
  7. 7. Further Effect Options • At the bottom there are more options:
  8. 8. Adding an Animation Effect • In this case I will apply a simple Fly In effect • A preview is shown immediately • The effect is now indicated by a small number 1 next to the text:
  9. 9. Changing the direction in Effect Options • The default direction is to fly in from the bottom • I want the text to fly in from the left • I click Effect Options and choose this from the drop-down list:
  10. 10. Adding More Text • I can now add more text if I want to • I’ll add another three bullet points:
  11. 11. Automatic Animations are Applied • PowerPoint adds the same animation style to each bullet point • In earlier versions you would add the effect each time • The Animation Painter lets you apply the same effect to other text • If you double-click the button you get unlimited opportunities to “paint” the animation • It works very much like the Format Painter button in Microsoft Word.
  12. 12. Using the Animation Painter • Here I am using the Animation Painter to apply the same animation to the next slide:
  13. 13. Painting the Animation • Here is the animation pasted to another list:
  14. 14. Why Do We Use Animation in Powerpoint • To keep your audience interested • Lists of figures are boring • Give a visual alternative such as a chart or graph
  15. 15. Animating a Chart • Add an Animation Effect to make the graph appear after the text
  16. 16. Thanks for Watching! Learn more about PowerPoint at www.NetresultTraining.co.uk

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