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By default, all the objects on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide appear at once. To add more visual interest to the presentation or to reveal bits of information at a time, you can use animation in PowerPoint. For example, you can pose a question in the title of the slide and then provide the answer in the body. Or you can have each item in a bulleted list appear one at a time.

For simple entrance animation, pick an animation preset from the Animation tab. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the object to be animated on its entrance.

    For example, if you want to animate a bulleted list on a slide, select the text box that contains those bullets. Or if you want to animate a graphic, select the graphic.

  2. On the Animations tab, open the palette in the Animate group.

    A selection of animation effect presets appears.

  3. Choose one of the effects from the Entrance section.

  4. Click the Effect Options button and select the options to fine-tune the effect.

    The choices depend on the type of object you’re animating and the animation preset you chose in Step 2.

    If the object you chose is a text box, then the Effect Options choices are

    As One Object: The entire content of the text box is animated as a single unit.

    All at Once: Each paragraph is animated separately, but their animations occur simultaneously.

    By Paragraphs: The first paragraph of the text appears when you click the mouse, and the next paragraph appears when you click again, and so on.

    If the object you chose is a graphic, the choices depend on the animation effect.

  5. (Optional) To see a preview of the animation you chose, choose Animations→Preview.

    If you did not like any of the choices for animation effects, choose More Entrance Effects from the palette. The Change Entrance Effect dialog box appears. Click any of the effects there and click OK.

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