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Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Explore entrance animation effects in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. These effects bring in a slide object into a slide.

Among the several types of animations that PowerPoint 2011 for Windows 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 effect. Whichever 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.

These category names explain how much attention-seeking each of these available effects are.

  1. Effects in the Basic category are simple, everyday effects that you may have seen a zillion times.
  2. Subtle effects do not attract too much attention,
  3. Moderate effects do ask for some attention, and
  4. 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.


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 a shape is selected. Here, we selected a Star for applying animation. Compare the same drop-down gallery in Figure 1, above with the one in Figure 2, below where we summoned the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery for applying animation to a text box.


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

The Exciting category, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, above contains three extra Entrance Effects: Drop, Flip, and Whip, which you don't see in Figure 1, shown previously on this page. 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.

Learn More about PowerPoint Animations

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


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