How to Animate Bullets in PowerPoint


A dramatic way of delivering your argument or presenting your point in a PowerPoint presentation is with a list of text that is highlighted by animated bullets. Microsoft has provided bulleted text placeholders for just this purpose. These text holders allow you to enter your list data quickly and to ensure that the text is placed automatically in a list with your choice of timing and bullet style. Animating these bullets so they have motion adds another element of interest to your material.

  • Open the slide presentation in which you want to create animated bullet points. Click a placeholder containing a bulleted list. Type your text. Press "Enter." The cursor moves to the next line and places a bullet in front of the text. Repeat for each bullet point.

  • Click on the text box for the first bullet you want to animate.

  • Click on the "Animations" tab, then click the "Animations Pane" under the "Advanced Animation" Group. Click "Add Animation" and choose the style for the bullet's entrance from the "Entrance" tab.

  • Click on the drill-down menu from the new animation window that opens to add options, such as "Start on Click," which instructs the bullet to enter the slide when the presenter clicks on the mouse.

  • Select other animation effects under "Effects Options," such as which direction the bullet appears from or whether you want sound enhancements.

  • Repeat Step 1 through Step 5 for each bullet item you want to animate.

  • Click on "Slide Show" to preview your animated effects.

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  • "Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 For Dummies"; Doug Lowe; 2010
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