Animate Text in PowerPoint 2013
Explore the extra options available for text animations in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
There's more to text animation than just adding some movement to your selected text. 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 in sequence. Even then, the animation is sequenced to first level paragraphs (first level bullets) -- and any sub-bullet levels contained in your text placeholders or text boxes animate along with the 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 special options for text animation:
- Select part of the text, or the entire text box / placeholder with bulleted (or paragraphed) text, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Text container selected
- Now, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 2), and click the Add Animation button as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Add Animation button
- This opens the Add Animation drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. Within this gallery, select any of the four animation types (Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, and Motion Paths) that PowerPoint supports. For this tutorial, we chose the Wipe Entrance animation effect.
Figure 3: Add Animation drop-down gallery
- Now, make the Animation Pane visible by clicking the Animation Pane button (highlighted in red within Figure 4) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon.
Figure 4: Animation Pane button
- Within the Animation Pane, right-click the text animation to bring up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 5. Within this drop-down list, chose Effect Options (refer to Figure 5 again). Alternatively, just double-click the text animation within the Animation Pane.
Figure 5: Effect Options to be selected for the animation
- This summons a multi-tabbed dialog box as shown in Figure 6. The name of this dialog box depends upon the animation you have selected / applied.
Figure 6: Group text options for Text Animation
Click the Text Animation tab, and from the Group text drop-down list, choose any of the 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.
- By 1st Level Paragraphs: Animates by 1st level paragraphs or bullet levels. This is the default option that PowerPoint uses.
- By 2nd Level Paragraphs: 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.
- By 3rd Level Paragraphs: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 3rd level paragraphs or bullet levels.
- By 4th Level Paragraphs: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 4th level paragraphs or bullet levels.
- By 5th Level Paragraphs: Works the same way, animating all levels from 1st to 5th level paragraphs or bullet levels.
- You can set the delay time of the text animation by choosing Automatically after check-box (see Figure 7, below). Type in the time value in seconds for the delay period you want to use.
- The Animate attached shape option is only available if your text container is a shape.
- The In reverse order check-box, if selected will play the text animation reversed.
Figure 7: Text animation options
- You can also make your text animate by paragraphs, words, or letters. To access these options, click the Effect tab as shown in Figure 8, and from the Animate text drop-down list, choose any of the 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
Figure 8: Effect tab
Clearly, you need to have a compelling reason to use the By word or By letter options -- no audience will be very kind to you choosing these options otherwise!
Click the OK button to apply the changes. Thereafter, preview your animation to ascertain if you like the result so that you can edit further as required.
Save your presentation.
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