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Emphasis Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore Emphasis animations in PowerPoint 2013.

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Emphasis Effect animations determine how the slide object calls attention to itself while it is on-the-slide. Entrance and Exit effect animations allow a slide object to enter or exit the slide area, whereas slide objects with Emphasis Effect animations are already there on the slide area before they start animating, and will be there even after they have finished animating. Typical Emphasis Effects are Spin and Grow/Shrink. You can also apply Emphasis Effect animations to text objects so that the fonts or the text colors change. In all, there are 50 or more Emphasis Effects that PowerPoint provide -- however, make sure you use animation only if it adds value to your presentation and helps you explain something better to your audience.

The Add Animation drop-down gallery of the Ribbon includes some of the Emphasis animations, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Emphasis Effects available for a shape (or a picture)
Figure 1: Emphasis Effects available for a shape (or a picture)

Notice that some of the Emphasis Effect animations such as Brush Color, Font Color, Wave etc. have been greyed out. This is because these effects work only with text, and we have selected a shape to apply animation. Now look at Figure 2 which shows the Add Animation drop-down gallery we summoned for applying animation to a text box.

Emphasis Effects available for text
Figure 2: Emphasis Effects available for text

In Figure 2 you can see that all Text animations which are greyed out in are available, but Line Color and Fill Color effects have been greyed out since they don't apply to the text.

If you want to explore more Emphasis Effect animations, select the More Emphasis Effects option within the Add Animation drop-down gallery as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, earlier on this page. This opens the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. The emphasis effect animations within Add Emphasis Effect dialog box entirely depend upon the slide object you have selected. Within Figure 3, towards left you can see the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box when a shape is selected (we selected a Rectangle) for applying animation. If you select some text, it will look what you see towards the right within Figure 3.

Add Emphasis Effect dialog box Add Emphasis Effect dialog box
Figure 3: Add Emphasis Effect dialog box

Within the Add Emphasis Effect dialog box you can see the Emphasis Effects divided into 4 categories:

  1. Basic
  2. Subtle
  3. Moderate
  4. Exciting

Broadly speaking, these category names explain how much attention-seeking each of these available effects are. Effects in the Basic category are simple, everyday effects that you may have seen a zillion times. Subtle effects do not attract too much attention, Moderate effects do ask for some attention, and effects in the Exciting category scream for your audience's attention. As far as possible, you should use something simple such as an Appear, a Grow/Shrink, or a Transparency effect -- these are all from either the Basic or Subtle categories.

The embedded sample presentation below shows all the Emphasis Effects animation available in PowerPoint 2013.


See Also:

Emphasis Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Emphasis Animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Emphasis Animations in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, and 2007 for Windows

 

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