Because most of us don’t use PowerPoint every day, we might need to refresh our knowledge of its tools when it comes time to make a presentation.
This article offers a quick refresher for users of the animation features in PowerPoint 2010 and also answers a few other reader questions about PowerPoint functions.
A presentation’s action shows up bit by bit
Adding some animation to a presentation can give it a little more kick — if you know how to do it.
- “Line-by-line or word-by-word animation: darned if I can find the way to do this in PowerPoint 2010. Can you help?” –D. H.
PowerPoint allows you to do both: animate text line by line or word by word. In fact, you can animate individual characters if you like.
You can choose from a couple of different techniques for this, depending on what you want to animate. To animate individual items — such as lines — on a slide, you first need to add an animation to each item. Then you put the items in the order you want them to play in the slideshow.
Follow these steps:
- Step 1. Display the slide with the text you want to animate (see Figure 1).
- Step 2. Select the first text you want to animate.
- Step 3. Click the Animations tab.
- Step 4. Click an animation in the Animations gallery if you like, or click the Add Animation command. (When you add more than one animation to a selected object on the slide, be sure to choose Add Animation so you don’t inadvertently overwrite the first animation you applied to the object.)
- Step 5.. Apply the animation you want to add.
- Step 6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each object on the slide you want to animate.