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Exit Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

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

Exit Effects determine how the animated slide object leaves the slide area. For example, the slide object can fade or fly out the screen area, or use any of the many other Exit Effects available within PowerPoint. Typical Exit Effect animations are Disappear, in which an object just vanishes or Float Down, in which a slide object mimics the setting sun. You can also apply Exit Effects to text objects so that words Spiral out of the slide. There are plenty of Exit Effect animations that PowerPoint provides -- however, make sure you use animation sparingly to emphasize rather than to distract.

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

Exit Effects
Figure 1: Exit Effects

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

Add Exit Effect dialog box Add Exit Effect dialog box
Figure 2: Add Exit Effect dialog box

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

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

If you can't see Exciting category, just scroll down as shown towards right within Figure 2, highlighted in red.

Generally speaking, these category names represent how much attention-seeking each of these available effects is. Effects in the Basic category are simple animations such as Wipe that causes a slide object to wipe out of the slide area. Animation effects in the Basic category are important if you need to show technical procedures in your slides. Subtle effects are simpler effects that fade, contract, or zoom slide objects and send them off the slide -- a classic example is the Fade animation that fades out an object until it disappears. Moderate effects do ask for some extra attention by floating, shrinking, or spinning off the slide. Finally, effects in the Exciting category just shout for attention. As far as possible, you should use something simple such as a Fade, a Disappear, or a Wipe effect -- these are all from either the Basic or Subtle categories.

The exit animation effects available within Add Exit Effect dialog box entirely depend upon the slide object you have selected. Figure 2, above shows the Add Exit Effect dialog box when a shape is selected (we selected a Rectangle) for applying animation. Compare the Exciting effects within Add Exit 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 Exit Effect dialog box summoned with a text box selected
Figure 3: Add Exit 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 Exit Effects -- Drop, Flip, and Whip effects which were grayed out in the Add Exit Effect dialog box shown towards right within Figure 2, above (highlighted in red). These three Exit Effects work only with text, not with shapes.

The embedded sample presentation below shows all the Exit Effect animations available in PowerPoint 2013.

See Also:

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


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