How to Fade In Words in PowerPoint 2010


While most of the action related to a Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation happens when the slideshow creator is compiling the presentation, the software includes options to stir up audience attention within the presentation itself. Through options called "Transitions" and "Animations," slideshow designers have the ability to make text move around, fizzle and fade directly on the screen. Use the fade in look to break up text-heavy slides and emphasize a point on-screen.

  • Open PowerPoint 2010. A white slide with two text boxes appears in the main work area.

  • Type text into the "Click to add title" text box in the middle of the slide, such as the name of the presentation.

  • Click the "Animations" tab at the top of the screen.

  • Click the "Fade" button, which shows half a green star, in the "Animation" section of the ribbon below the tab. Note the text box shows a quick preview of the animation. Also look for a small number box on the slide and a shooting star symbol on that slide in the slide deck on the left side of the screen to symbolize the fade has been added.

Tips & Warnings

  • To add the "Fade In" option to an existing slide, click the "File" tab, select "Open," browse to that presentation and double-click it. Scroll to the slide and click the text box, then follow the rest of these instructions.
  • Note that PowerPoint has two "Fade" options -- fading on entrance and fading on exit. To do a fade in, make sure to click the green "Fade" option that shows in the "Animation" ribbon. It's the red "Fade" option, found by scrolling past the visible section on the ribbon, that is the fade exit.

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