Entrance Animations in PowerPoint 2013

By Faithe Wempen

Animations are movements that are somewhat like transitions except they apply to individual objects on a slide rather than the entire slide. For example, you can animate a picture so that it appears after everything else on the slide has already appeared, or you can make the bullet points on a slide appear one by one rather than all at once.

Use an entrance animation whenever you want certain content on a slide to appear after the slide background has already appeared (and possibly other content on the slide, too). Any objects that you don’t animate will appear at the same time the slide background does; any objects you animate will appear after that in a sequence you specify.

1Open your presentation.

Choose a presentation that already has content, such as text boxes and titles.

2Select slide 1, and select a text box.

In this example, the text box contains the slide title.

3Click the Animations tab and then the Add Animation button.

In the Entrance section, select Fly In. See the figure.

4Select the text box containing the slide’s subtitle.

In this case, it says Serving Up Good Home Cooking.

5On the Animations tab, click the Add Animation button. In the Entrance section, select Grow & Turn.

Notice that numbers appear next to the text boxes on slide 1, showing the order in which the animations will occur.

6On the Animations tab, click the Preview button.

You can watch a preview of the animations on the slide

7Still on the Animations tab, click the Animation Pane button.

A pane appears to the right of the slide, listing the animations on the slide.

8In the Animation Pane, click the first animation.

After creating animations, you can modify and reorder them from the Animation Pane.

9Click the down-pointing arrow button at the top of the Animation Pane.

The selected animation moves down to position 2, so the subtitle’s animation is before the title’s animation. See this figure.

10On the Animations tab, click the Preview button.

You can now watch a preview of the animations on the slide.

11Save the presentation.

Save and close the file.