Animate text by letter, word, or paragraph

  1. Animate (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.) the text you want with an entrance, emphasis, exit, or motion path (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.) effect.

ShowAdd an entrance, emphasis, or exit animation

Open the presentation you want to add animation (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.) to and do one or both of the following:

ShowApply a preset animation scheme

  1. If you only want to apply the animation scheme (animation scheme: Adds preset visual effects to text on slides. Ranging from subtle to exciting, each scheme usually includes an effect for the slide title and an effect that is applied to bullets or paragraphs on a slide.) to a few slides, click the Slides tab, and select the slides you want.
  2. On the Slide Show menu, click Animation Schemes.
  3. In the Slide Design task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), under Apply to selected slides, click an animation scheme in the list.
  4. If you want to apply the scheme to all slides, click the Apply to All Slides.

ShowApply a custom animation

  1. In normal view, display the slide that has the text or objects you want to animate.
  2. Select the object you want to animate.
  3. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  4. In the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), click Add Effect button image, and do one or more of the following:
    • If you want to make the text or object enter the slide show presentation with an effect, point to Button image Entrance and then click an effect.
    • If you want to add an effect to text or an object that is on the slide, point to Button image Emphasis and then click an effect.
    • If you want to add an effect to text or an object that makes it leave the slide at some point, point to Button image Exit and then click an effect.

 Note   The effects appear in the Custom Animation list (Custom Animation list: The list of animation sequences for a slide. Items are listed in the order in which they are added, and include icons that indicate timing in relation to other animation events.), top to bottom, in the order you apply them. The animated items are noted on the slide by a non-printing numbered tag that correlates to the effects in the list. This tag does not show up in the slide show view.

ShowTip

If you preview animations for a slide using the Play button on the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), you do not need to click to trigger any animation sequences. To preview how triggered (animation trigger: An animation option that can be set so that the animation plays when a specified item is clicked.) animations work, click the Slide Show button instead.

ShowAdd a motion path

  1. In normal view, display the slide that has the text or objects you want to create a motion path (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.) for.
  2. Select the text item or object you want to animate (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.).

For text items, you can select a placeholder (placeholders: Boxes with dotted or hatch-marked borders that are part of most slide layouts. These boxes hold title and body text or objects such as charts, tables, and pictures.) or paragraph (including a bullet).

  1. If the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) is not displayed, on the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  2. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect button image, point to Button image Motion Paths, and do one of the following:

ShowApply a preset motion path

  • Click a preset path or click More Motion Paths to choose from more options.

ShowCreate a custom motion path

  1. Point to Draw Custom Path and then do one of the following:
    • Click Freeform Button image to draw a path with both curved and straight segments. Drag to draw freehand shapes; click and move the mouse to draw straight lines.
    • Click Scribble Button image and drag to draw a path that looks more like it was drawn with a pen or to create smooth curves.
    • Click Line Button image and drag to draw a straight path.
    • Click Curve Button image and click where you want the curved path to start, and then continue to move the mouse and click wherever you want to add a curve.
  2. Do one of the following:

ShowTip

  • To make the path mimic an exit effect, set effect options to fade or hide the item after the animation plays, or draw the motion path off the slide.
  1. In the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), in the Custom Animation list (Custom Animation list: The list of animation sequences for a slide. Items are listed in the order in which they are added, and include icons that indicate timing in relation to other animation events.), click the animated text item that you want.
  2. Click the arrow, click Effect Options, and then do one or more of the following:
  • If you want to animate by letter, on the Effect tab, in the Animate text list, click By letter.
  • If you want to animate by word, on the Effect tab, in the Animate text list, click By word.
  • If you want to animate by paragraph level or bullet, on the Text Animation tab, in the Group Text list, click an option.

 Note   If you want a delay in action between letter, word, or paragraph animations, on the Timing tab, enter a number in the Delay box.

ShowTip

To animate the text all at once, on the Effect tab, in the Animate text list, click As one object.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003