PowerPoint Animation

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Do you need to come up with an eye-catching PowerPoint slide presentation? If your answer is yes, then this article is right for you.   It will provide useful insight into making your black and white presentation come alive before your very eyes.  So, how to address your problem?  The solution is quite simple, really. It is called PowerPoint animation.  Perhaps you have never heard of PowerPoint animation before and the great things that it can do for your presentation.  Well, let’s take a journey into the interesting, creative world of animation.  You may be surprised by how many cool things you can easily do with this tool.

So what is PowerPoint animation?  Animation allows for the movement of text, graphics, pictures, and other insertions or objects on the slide.  It determines the following:

a)      Entrance of the text and objects, such as fade or fly in.

b)      Exit of the text and objects, such as fade, bounce, or fly out.

c)       Transition scheme, that is, how the slides will appear using a particular animation effect.  These include fades, dissolves, wipes, push, cover, stripes, bar, and random.  Within each transition scheme, there are several options that you may apply to your slides.

d)      Dimming or Emphasis.  Emphasis can draw your viewer’s attention to a bullet point by highlighting the text.  Dimming can remove your viewer’s attention by dimming a bullet point which you have moved on to another point.

e)      Motion path. This determines the direction that an object should take.

PowerPoint animation hints


  1. Since there are so many different PowerPoint animation effects from which to choose, you may run the risk of overdoing your presentation. Therefore, you should have a mental picture of your ideal presentation (animations and all) before you begin.
  2. Two paramount components are consistency with the application of animation and ensuring that the animations are suitable to your content and targeted audience. Undoubtedly, PowerPoint animation will add flair and style to any slide presentation, but they should expertly used.
  3. PowerPoint animation offers a preset scheme which combines several complementary animation effects.  This is like a one stop shop where you can apply one scheme and get a large range of effects.

You can click on the Animations tab to access a range of animation in your PowerPoint application to determine the following:

  • The sound accompanying your slides.
  • How fast or slow you want the animation to move.
  • The transition schemes for your slides.
  • How to advance the slides (whether manually or automatically after a set time).
  • The animation effect for your text and graphics.
  • Whether you want the animation to appear on all slides or only a select few.

PowerPoint animation is an ingenious way to bring energy and movement to a still-life presentation.  This effect creates the feeling of watching a mini-video.  However, this tool should be used with deliberation, and you should keep in mind the content and message of your presentation.  If animations are not skillfully interwoven into your presentation, then you may not achieve your desired results.  Thankfully, preset schemes exist which will assist you in this area.  Animations are here to stay, just remember to use them wisely.

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