Animate text and objects

You can animate the text and object (object: A single element of your document. An object can be a text box, an imported graphic, a shape, a picture, and so on.) in your presentation to give them visual effects, including entrances, exits, changes in size or color, and even movement. You can use any animation effect by itself or combine multiple effects together. For instance, you can make a line of text fly in from the left while it grows in size by applying both a Fly In entrance effect and a Grow/Shrink emphasis effect.

 Note   Transitions are another way to add visual effects when moving from one slide to another in a slide show. For more information about how to add transitions between slides, see Add, edit, or remove transitions.

Do any of the following:

ShowAdd animation effects to text or objects

  1. Select the text or object that you want to apply an animation effect (animation effect: A special visual or sound effect that is added to text or an object. For example — you can fly in text bullet points from the left, one word at a time, or add the sound of applause to a picture when it is uncovered.) to.
  2. Do one of the following:
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Text or objects enter the slide

On the Animations tab, under Entrance Effects, click the animation that you want.

Animations tab, Entrance Effects group

To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow.

Text or objects are emphasized on the slide

On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click the animation that you want.

Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group

To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow.

Text or objects exit the slide

On the Animations tab, under Exit Effects, click the animation that you want.

Animations tab, Exit Effects group

To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow.

Text or objects follow a motion path on the slide

On the Animations tab, under Motion, click Paths, and then click the animation that you want.

Animations tab, Motion group

Movie or audio play, pause, or stop

 Note   You must select the audio or video object on the slide to see the animation effects that are available.

On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click Play, Pause, or Stop.

Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group with media selected

  1. To vary the animation, such as the direction the animated object moves, under Animation Options, click Effect Options, and then choose the variation that you want.

Animations tab, Animation Options group

ShowEffect Options is not available

Make sure the animation number Animation number is selected and not the object. Or, the Effect Options button may not be available because there are no effect options available for the animation effect or type of object being animated.

 Tip   

  • Each animation effect is represented on the slide by a number Animation number  next to the object, which indicates the order that it will play in.  If two animation effects are set to play at the same time, they are represented by a numbered stack Animation numbered stack.
  • You can change other animation options, such as the speed or how the animations starts. For more information, see Change animation order, speed, or how it starts
  • To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

ShowApply multiple animations to a single object

You can apply multiple animation effects to the same object. The animations can occur one after the other, or at the same time. The following steps explain how to make an object fly in from the left while at the same time growing in size.

  1. Select the text or object that you want to apply an animation effect (animation effect: A special visual or sound effect that is added to text or an object. For example — you can fly in text bullet points from the left, one word at a time, or add the sound of applause to a picture when it is uncovered.) to.
  2. On the Animations tab, under Entrance Effects, click Fly In.

Animations tab, Entrance Effects group

To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow.

  1. Select the text or object again.
  2. On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click Grow/Shrink.

Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group

To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow.

  1. Select the animation effect that you just added on the slide.

 Note   Each animation effect is represented on the slide by a number Animation number  next to the object, which indicates the order that it will play in.

  1. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, on the Start pop-up menu, click With Previous.

Animations tab, Animation Options group

 Tip   To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

ShowView a list of animations on a slide

You can view the list of animations on the slide to modify the order they play in, change advanced options, or remove an animation.

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide with the animation effects that you want to view.

ShowHow to select slides in the navigation pane

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.
  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.
  1. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder.

Animations tab, Animation Options group

See also

Animate text and objects with motion paths

Change animation order, speed, or how it starts

Change or remove animation effects

Animate a word on a slide

Animate bullet points on a slide

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint for Mac 2011