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Animate Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: August 16th 2012
Last Updated: August 16th 2012


Excerpt/Capsule: Explore the options available for text animation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.






You animate text just the way you animate any slide object in PowerPoint. Additionally, there's more you can do to text animation, as we shall explore in this tutorial. By default, when you animate a text placeholder or text box, all the text contained animates at one go unless your text content is within a bulleted or numbered list -- in that case, all text animates as sequenced bulleted lists. Even then, the animation is sequenced to first level paragraphs (first level bullets) only -- and any sub-bullet levels contained in your text placeholders or text boxes animate along with its parent level. In this tutorial you will learn how you can access some specialized options for animating paragraphs and bulleted text sequentially by words, by letters, and by paragraph levels.

Follow these steps to apply animation to text and explore various options for text animation:

  1. Select part of the text, or the entire text box / placeholder that contains bulleted text (or paragraphs). In Figure 1 you can see a text placeholder selected.

    Text placeholder selected
    Figure 1: Text placeholder selected

    Note: If you just select partial text content, then you will not be able to animate text sequentially by paragraphs, as explained later on this page. If you need this sequential animation, you must select the entire text placeholder, box, or any other text container.


  2. With the text selected, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 2, below) and hover the cursor over the Entrance Effects group (highlighted in blue, within Figure 2).

    Entrance Effects group within the Animations tab
    Figure 2: Entrance Effects group within the Animations tab

  3. This makes a down-arrow button visible below the Entrance Effects group as shown in Figure 3, below (highlighted in red) - click this down-arrow button to open the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. Within the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery, you can select any of the Entrance Effects that PowerPoint supports. For this tutorial, we chose the Wipe Entrance animation effect.

    Entrance Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Entrance Effects drop-down gallery

    Tip: Based on your requirement, you can even apply an Emphasis Effect or an Exit Effect to animate your text.


  4. Now, access the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox by clicking the Reorder button (highlighted in red within Figure 4, below) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon as shown in Figure 4.

    Reorder button within Animations tab
    Figure 4: Reorder button within Animations tab

  5. This brings up the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox as shown in Figure 5, below. Select the animation applied to the text within the Animation order pane, and click the Text Animations pane that you can see highlighted in red, within Figure 5.

    Text Animations pane within the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox
    Figure 5: Text Animations pane within the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox

  6. This reveals the options within the Text Animations pane, as shown in Figure 6.

    Options within the Text Animations pane
    Figure 6: Options within the Text Animations pane

    Let us explore text animation options in the order they appear within the Text Animations pane:

    1. Animate text: Animate text drop-down list includes three options as shown in Figure 7.

      Animate text options
      Figure 7: Animate text options

      Choose any of these options:

      • All at once -- Animates the text by paragraphs -- this is the default option.

      • By word -- Animates text by one word at a time.

      • By letter -- Animates text by one letter (character) at a time.

    2. Group text: Group text includes seven options as shown in Figure 8.

      Group text options for animating text
      Figure 8: Group text options for animating text

      Choose any of these options:

      • As one object: Animates the entire text container (text placeholder or text box) at one go.

      • All paragraphs at once: Animates all paragraphs or bullet levels at one go.

      • 1st level: Animates by 1st level paragraphs or bullet levels. This is the default option that PowerPoint uses.

      • 2nd level: Animates by both 1st and 2nd level paragraphs or bullet levels. Of course, this works only if you have 2nd level paragraphs or bullet levels in your selected text.

      • 3rd level: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 3rd level paragraphs or bullet levels.

      • 4th level: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 4th level paragraphs or bullet levels.

      • 5th level: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 5th level paragraphs or bullet levels.

    3. Animate attached shape: This option is available only if your text container is a Shape.

    4. In reverse order: Select this check-box to play the text animations in reverse order.

  7. Tweak settings as required. Thereafter, preview your animation in Slide Show view to ascertain if you like the results. If not, you can edit further as required.

  8. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Animate Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animate Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Animate Text in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007 for Windows

 

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