How to Animate a PowerPoint


PowerPoint offers a person giving an oral presentation many advantages. Not only does the program make a presentation appear more professional, it allows both the presenter and the audience a way to following along with a presentation. These types of visual clues aid in audience comprehension. Additionally, PowerPoint allows the user to create animations, which make the presentation interesting and help to organize the flow of information. These animations add life to a presentation.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • PowerPoint
  • CD or thumb drive
  • Create the PowerPoint document you want to animate, keeping your audience in mind. For example, you'll likely consider a different style of slide and animation features for an academic audience as opposed to a sales training audience. While the sales group would welcome a flashier presentation, the academic audience may frown upon a slide show presents itself as too busy.

  • Go to "Slide Show" at the top menu bar when you have completed your basic PowerPoint and are ready to add the animations.

  • Click on "Animation Schemes." Take the time to explore the animations available to you. Base your animation selections on the audience to whom you are presenting the information.

  • Go through each of your slides one at a time and ask yourself where the logical points exist in your presentation for your animations. Insert your animations on each slide.

  • Connect each slide with "Slide Transitions." You also find these under the "Slide Show" tab. You can set these to the click of your mouse, so that every time you click, you'll see the transition graphic between two slides. Do this with all the slides.

  • Test your presentation by clicking on the top slide and then go to the bottom left-hand corner. Click on the graphic that looks like the button on a stop watch. This graphic brings up your presentation as it will look when you're giving your talk. Click through each slide, testing the animations as well as the slide transitions to ensure that they look smooth. You can further tighten your show by going to "Slide Transitions" and clicking on "Rehearse Timings." This provides you with a counter that tells you how long your presentation lasts.

  • Save your presentation and then burn it onto a CD or save it on a thumb drive for your presentation.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the project requires you to print out copies of the PowerPoint slide show to pass out to people, make sure that you select a light background. You won't use up as much ink, and you'll find the document easier to read.
  • Keep in mind that while animations add to your overall presentation, too many animations become distracting. Don't animate just for the sake of doing it, but rather add animations if they make logical sense. For example, if you have several bullet points on a slide, animate each one so that it appears one at a time. That way people in the audience won't read ahead of you during your presentation.

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