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Entrance Effects for Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: July 5th 2012
Last Updated: July 5th 2012

Excerpt/Capsule: Explore Entrance Effects for animations in PowerPoint 2011.

Among the several types of animations that PowerPoint 2011 provides, Entrance Effects are probably the most popular. By applying Entrance Effects, you can make your hitherto invisible slide object appear on the slide almost magically -- make them appear in the time it takes to blink your eye, or get them to fly in from any direction. You can also have them grab the attention of your audience by doing a zoom in, or even better, just make it subtle with a simple fade in. Whatever entrance effect you choose, make sure you opt for something that is in sync with the topic of your presentation, and most importantly your audience.

When you summon the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery for applying animation to your selected slide object, you will notice that the Entrance Effects available are divided into four categories, as shown in Figure 1, below. These categories are:

  1. Basic,
  2. Subtle,
  3. Moderate, and
  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 Fade, or a Wipe effect -- these are all from either the Basic or Subtle categories.

Entrance Effects drop-down gallery opened along with a shape selected
Figure 1: Entrance Effects drop-down gallery opened along with a shape selected

The entrance animation effects within Entrance Effects drop-down gallery entirely depend upon the slide object you have selected. Figure 1, above shows the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery when shape is selected (we selected a Star) for applying animation. Compare the same drop-down gallery in Figure 1 above with Figure 2, where we summoned the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery for applying animation to a text box.

Entrance Effects drop-down gallery opened along with a text box selected
Figure 2: Entrance Effects drop-down gallery opened along with a text box selected

As you can see in Figure 2 above, the Exciting category (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above) contains three extra Entrance Effects -- Drop, Flip, and Whip which you don't see in Figure 1, above. These three Entrance Effects work only with text, not with shapes.

The embedded sample presentation below shows all the Entrance Effects available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

You can also learn how to add an animation in PowerPoint 2011, and the types of animation that PowerPoint provides.

See Also:

Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, and 2007 for Windows


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