Creating Your First Animations

In this lesson, you'll learn how to apply simple animations to text and graphics using PowerPoint's animation events.

If you're following along, I'm working in Lesson Files > Chapter_04 > First_Animation.pptx.

In the previous lesson you learned there were three types of animation events:

  • On Click
  • With Previous
  • After Previous

Let's begin with the On Click event since that's the most commonly used and it's how you control animation timings when you're syncing to narration. More on that in a future lesson.

Applying the fade animation

  1. Open First_Animation.pptx and select Slide 2. Slide 2 is the first slide containing the audio narration we recorded earlier. You can add animations to non-narrated slides, but you'll need audio if you want to sync animations.
  2. Select the text object by clicking once inside the text box. You don't need to select the bounding box as PowerPoint will give you the option to animate a single line or all of the bullets.
  3. Apply the Fade animation by clicking the Fade button
  4. Click Play from the Animation Pane to view your animation

How does it look? Did you notice the text object faded in all at once?

There are times when you'll want to bring entire blocks of text in at one time and times when you'll want each bullet item to fade in with with the narration. That's what we'll do in this example.

Customizing text animations

PowerPoint makes it easy to control how each text object animates in. PowerPoint's default animation setting treats each text object as a single object. We can change that so each line of text animates as a single line of text.

  1. Click the text object again to select it. Notice how each row of bullets has a "1" beside it? That number indicates the animation sequence. Because they're all set to "1", the text is animating as one object.
  2. Right-click the first text object in the Animation Pane
  3. Expand the chevron to expand the list to view all text objects
  4. Shift-click the text objects to select all
  5. Right-click the text objects and select Start on Click
  6. Each text object is now controlled by the On Click event
  7. Click Play to preview your animation

What do you see? Did you notice how each line of bulleted text animated as a single object? This make text animations a breeze in PowerPoint because you don't have to create multiple text boxes, align them and then animate individually.

What's next?

In the next lesson you'll work with the next animation event: With Previous. You'll also learn why it's one of the most useful events for course openings.

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Rachel Leigh