Animate text or objects

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Overview of animating text and objects

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 or objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.) in your presentation to give them sound effects or visual effects, including movement. You can use animation to focus on important points, to control the flow of information, and to increase viewer interest in your presentation.

You can use the built-in animation effects in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, or you can create your own custom effects. You can apply animation effects to individual slides, to the slide master (slide master: The main slide that stores information about the theme and layouts of a presentation, including the background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positions.), or to custom slide layouts (layout: The arrangement of elements, such as title and subtitle text, lists, pictures, tables, charts, shapes, and movies, on a slide.). For more information about slide masters and custom layouts, see Create, customize, and apply a slide master and Overview of layouts.

 Notes 

  • For step-by-step examples of the most popular animation effects for text or objects, see Use sample animations in your presentation, which will also show you how to do the following:
    • Apply entrance and exit animation effects to bullets of text
    • Apply sound effects to bullets of text
    • Apply a motion path to an object
    • Test your animation effects
  • For information about adding transitions between slides (including the different types that are available) and adding sound to slide transitions, see Add transitions between slides.
  • To animate a SmartArt graphic, see Animate your SmartArt graphic.

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Apply a built-in animation effect to text or an object

To apply a built-in animation effect in Office PowerPoint 2007, do the following:

  1. Select the text or object that you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, select the animation effect that you want from the Animate list.

Built-in animations

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Create and apply a custom animation effect to text or objects

To gain more control over how and when effects are applied, you can create and apply a custom animation. For example, you can make text grow or shrink, spin or shimmer, and you can set an animation so that you hear the sound of applause when a picture is revealed. You can apply more than one animation, so you can make a line of text fly in with or without sound, and then make the text fly out. You can use emphasis, entrance, or exit options in addition to preset or custom motion paths (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.).

You create custom animations 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.). The Custom Animation task pane shows important information about an animation effect, including the type of effect, the order of multiple effects in relation to each other, and a portion of the text of the effect.

Custom Animation task pane

Callout 1 Icons indicate the timing of the animation effect in relation to the other events on the slide. Choices include the following:
  • Start On Click (mouse icon, shown here): The animation effect begins when you click the slide.
  • Start With Previous (no icon): The animation effect begins at the same time as the previous effect in the list starts playing (that is, one click executes two or more animation effects).
  • Start After Previous (clock icon): The animation effect begins immediately after the previous effect in the list finishes playing (that is, no additional click is required to make the next animation effect start).
Callout 2 Select an item in the list to see the menu icon (down arrow), and then click the icon to reveal the menu.
Callout 3 Numbers indicate the order in which animation effects play. Numbers also correspond to the labels associated with animated items in Normal view with the Custom Animation task pane displayed.
Callout 4 Icons represent the type of animation effect. In this example, it is an Emphasis effect.

Animated items are noted on the slide by a non-printing numbered tag. This tag corresponds to the effects in the Custom Animation list, and the tag is displayed to the side of the text or object. The tag appears only in Normal view with the Custom Animation task pane displayed.

 Tip   For step-by-step examples of the most popular animation effects for text or objects, see Samples of animation effects that you can use in your presentation.

To apply a custom animation effect in Office PowerPoint 2007, do the following:

  1. Select the text or object that you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.
  3. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, and then do one or more of the following:
    • To make the text or object enter with an effect, point to Entrance, and then click an effect.
    • To add an effect, such as a spin effect, to text or an object that is already visible on the slide, point to Emphasis, and then click an effect.
    • To add an effect that makes text or an object leave the slide at some point, point to Exit, and then click an effect.
    • To add an effect that makes text or an object move in a specified pattern, point to Motion Paths, and then click a path.
  4. To specify how the effect is applied to your text or object, right-click the custom animation effect in the Custom Animation list, and then click Effect Options on the shortcut menu.
  5. Do one of the following:
    • To specify settings for text, on the Effect, Timing, and Text Animation tabs, click the options that you want to use to animate the text.
    • To specify settings for an object, on the Effect and Timing tabs, click the options that you want to use to animate the object.

 Note   Effects appear in the Custom Animation list in the order that you add them.

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Test your animation effect

After you add one or more animation effects, to validate that they work, do the following:

  • At the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane, click Play.

Press 'Play' to test your animation effects

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007