PowerPoint 2003: Animating Slides

Lesson 12: Animating Slides



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Apply an animation scheme
  • Add an effect
  • Set animation direction and speed
  • Animate text and bulleted lists

Animating slides

Animating slides involves adding movement and sometimes sound to text or to the slides in a presentation. Animation can help create a livelier and more interesting slide show. PowerPoint provides some preset animation or allows you to customize the animation to fit your needs.

To animate slides using animation schemes:

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to work on.
  • Select the slide you want to animate.
  • In the task pane, click the down-pointing arrow and select Slide Design - Animation Schemes.

Choose Slide Design, Animation Schemes

Choosing animation for your slides

PowerPoint offers several options for animating your slides.

  • Once you click Slide Design Animation Schemes, the Slide Design pane appears with a list of options.

Slide Design pane

  • Click an animation scheme that you think might work well in your presentation. (To preview your choice, make sure the AutoPreview option is checked).
  • Preview different schemes to see which one best fits your slides.
  • You can apply different animation to each individual slide or click Apply to All Slides.
  • Once you have applied your animation, you can click Play or Slide Show to view it.
  • Remove animation by selecting No Animation in the white box.

Adding custom animation

You can also decide how text and other slide elements perform by using custom animation. You can add effect, set speed and direction, and animate text on your own.

For example, you can decide how words or graphics enter or exit a slide. You may want to begin by adding an effect to the titles in your presentation.

To add an effect to text:

  • Open the presentation you want to add an effect to.
  • Click the down-pointing arrow in the Task Pane Custom Animation.

Choose Custom Animation

  • Click the text you want to add an effect to.
  • The Add Effect button will be activated. (Note that the button is inactive until you select a part of the slide to work on.)

Add Effect button activated

  • Click Add Effect Entrance.
  • A list of options appears for the entrance, including Blinds, Box, Checkboard, and Fly In.
  • Decide how your text will appear on the screen, and choose an option.
  • You can easily remove the effect by clicking Remove. Or you can modify it by setting direction and speed underneath Modify. (PowerPoint lets you know the specific effect by listing it next to Modify. For example, Modify: Blinds).

Emphasis and exit

If you want to add an effect to make text or graphics grow, shrink, or change in another way, click Add Effect Emphasis. Then choose an effect. If you want to add an effect to have text or graphics exit the slide, click Add Effect Exit. Then choose the effect.

Setting direction and speed

Once you choose an effect, decide the direction for that effect. For example, you may want text to Fly In from the bottom. (Make sure your animation doesn't cross over important graphics or text in your presentation).

To set direction:

  • Underneath Modify in the Custom Animation pane, click the down-pointing arrow beneath Direction. (Note that direction options vary depending on the type of effect.)

List of direction options for animating content

  • Choose the side of the slide from which you want the title to enter.
  • Underneath Modify next to Start, select With Previous (Animation starts automatically) or On Click (animation starts when you click the mouse).

Decide the speed at which you want effects to happen in your slides. You can choose very slow, slow, medium, fast, or very fast to fit the rhythm of your presentation.

To set speed:

  • Click the down-pointing arrow underneath Speed, and choose an option.

Choosing very fast as speed of effects

Animating a bulleted list

A bulleted list may be another area you might want to animate.

To add animation to a bulleted list:

  • Open the slide with the bulleted list you want to animate.
  • Click the text box that contains the text you want to animate.
  • Click the down-pointing arrow in the Task Pane Custom Animation.

Choose Custom Animation

    • The Add Effect button is now active.

    Controlling your text

    With the Add Effect button active, you can control the text in your bulleted list:

    To set animation in a bulleted list:

      • Select the line of text you want to animate.
      • Once a line is selected, the Add Effect button becomes active.
      • Select whether you would like to add Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, and/or Motion Paths.
      • Using the downward-pointing arrow to the right of each category to:
        • Decide if you want this animation to occur On the Click, With Previous, or After Previous
        • Select the Direction the animation will occur (direction options will differ depending on the animation)
        • Choose a Speed for the animation
      • To make changes to an animation, simply locate the number of the animation you wish to change and use the downward-pointing arrow to the right of that numbered animation.
      • To set the direction/timing, you can select Effect Options from the menu.

    List of effect options

        • A dialog box appears.
        • Click the Text Animation tab.

    Dialog box with text animation tab selected

        • The default option is By 1st level paragraphs. This is the level for the main bullet points. Bullets points will enter one at a time on the slide.
        • If you want the bullet points to enter as a group, choose As one object.

     If you have multiple levels of bullets in a slide and you want to animate all levels, choose by 2nd level paragraphs if you have 2nd level bullets, and choose by 3rd level paragraphs if you have three levels of bullets.


    In this series of challenges, you will complete one of the PowerPoint presentations you have been working on. Decide whether you would like to continue working on your My Hobbies presentation or the Where I Learn presentation.

    • Open the presentation you would like to continue working on.
    • Add an Entrance effect to the title on the first slide of your presentation. Have the text Fly In.
    • Set the speed and direction. Have the text come in from the left, very fast.
    • Save your changes.
    • Select the second slide.
    • Apply the same Entrance effect to the title of this slide as you did for the first slide.
    • Animate the bulleted list by having all of the bullets Fly In as one object from the left at medium speed.
    • Save your changes, and close the presentation.