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Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore Entrance animations in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

Among the several types of animations that PowerPoint 2013 provides, Entrance Effects are probably the most popular. By applying Entrance Effect animations, you can make your hitherto invisible slide object appear on the slide almost magically! You make them appear in the fraction of a second, or get them to fly in from any direction. You can also do a zoom in, or even better, just make it subtle with a simple fade in. Whatever Entrance Effects animation you choose, make sure to go for something that is in sync with the subject of your presentation.

When you summon the Add Animation drop-down gallery for applying animation to your selected slide object, you will see some the Entrance Effect animations as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Entrance Effects
Figure 1: Entrance Effects

If you want to explore more Entrance Effect animations, select the More Entrance Effects option within the Add Animation drop-down gallery as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above. This opens the Add Entrance Effect dialog box as shown towards left in Figure 2.

Add Entrance Effects dialog box Add Entrance Effect dialog box
Figure 2: Add Entrance Effect dialog box

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

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

If you can't see Exciting which is the last category, just scroll down as shown towards right within Figure 2, above.

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.

The animations within the Add Entrance Effect dialog box entirely depend upon the slide object you have selected. Figure 2, above shows the Add Entrance Effect dialog box when a shape is selected (we selected a Rectangle) for applying animation. Compare the Exciting effects within Add Entrance Effect dialog towards right in Figure 2 above, with the one in Figure 3, where we summoned the same dialog box for applying animation to a text box.

Add Entrance Effect dialog box summoned with a text box selected
Figure 3: Add Entrance Effect dialog box summoned with a text box selected

As you can see in Figure 3 above, the Exciting category (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above) contains three extra Entrance Effects -- Drop, Flip, and Whip effects which were grayed out in the Add Entrance Effect dialog box shown towards right within Figure 2, above (highlighted in red). These three Entrance Effects work only with text, not with shapes.

The embedded sample presentation below shows all the Entrance animation effects available in PowerPoint 2013.

See Also:

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


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