How to add Animation in Microsoft PowerPoint

Always, at the end of your presentation, you want your audience to remember the key points highlighted in it via distinct slides. If the audience manages to recall all the details, your presentation is a hit! PowerPoint is all about making your presentation look best. By making key slides distinctive in a presentation, you can help people follow and retain the content in your presentation.

At times, you might like to animate an object on your PowerPoint slide to do something special. In PowerPoint, you can animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and pictures. Animation, or movement, on the slide, can be used to draw the audience’s attention to specific content or to make the slide easier to read.

Add Animation in PowerPoint

Just look for the Animations tab, click it and you’ll see a menu of possibilities. Click the drop-down arrow and following four types of Animations should be visible to you.

  1. Entrance – Controls entry of the object to the slide.
  2. Emphasis – Animation is triggered by click of a mouse
  3. Exit – Controls how object exits the slide
  4. Motion Path – Animation is similar to Emphasis effects, except the object moves within the slide along a pre-determined path.

Transition- Effects drop down menu

Select the desired animation. The effect will apply to the object. The object will have a small number next to it to show that it has an animation. Also, in the Slide pane, a star symbol will appear next to the slide.

Transition- Star appearance

Now, the Animation Pane button will appear on the ribbon. Also, the Animation Pane appears on the right side of the program.

Animation pane button

Highlight the object that you want to edit, click the small drop-down arrow, and select Effect Options.

Effects option

Instantly, a box will pop-up on your computer screen. Switch to ‘Timing’ tab. Hit the Triggers button at the bottom to see more timing controls, choose the Start effect on click of the option, and choose the object that will be clicked in the box.

add Animation in Microsoft PowerPoint

Click the OK button to save the changes.

Tomorrow, we will see how to Add Sound Effects to PowerPoint.

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