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How to Animate Text in PowerPoint

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Animating PowerPoint slides can be an effective presentation element when executed well. When done poorly, animation can be distracting and frustrating for the audience.

If you do decide to animate slide elements in PowerPoint, keep in mind that animation is best when it is simple: animation effects don’t need to be added to every object or even every slide. Use animation when it will enhance your content and help make your message more clear to the audience.

One simple animation effect is to apply entrance behavior to text elements. Take a look at an example in the video above, or follow these steps:

  1. Select the object (i.e. text box or line of bulleted text) you want to animate.
  2. Select the Animations tab, and optionally click Animation Pane for a sidebar that will provide more editing information
  3. In the Animations section, click an Entrance animation, or click the drop-down arrow for more choices.
  4. The effect will apply to the object. You can customize the effect in the animation pane by right-clicking the animation and applying various actions.

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