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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 already comes with great design elements that let you better you presentation, but if you want to upgrade it to the next level you can also add custom animations. For example you can make text fly in from off screen, spin, flash or move from place to place.

1. Now open your presentation in PowerPoint 2010 and go to your first slide. Then select the Animations tab and select the text you want to animate from your slide.


Note: In this situation instead of selecting a specific text, I have selected the whole Text Box in order the animation appears the same for the entire text.

2. Now in order to chose what kind of animation you want you have to click on the down-arrow of the Animate button in the left top corner of the screen.


Note: If you hover your mouse pointer over any of the listed animations you will see that it previews how that’s going to look in your presentation.

3.  Once you have chosen any of the listed animations you can have a peak at it if you click on the Preview button located in the top left corner of the screen.


3.1. Another way to do this is to click on the slide icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, which will allow you to play your presentation from the current slide on.


4. If you decided that you don’t want any Animation after all, you can go back and highlight the text you have selected before and from the list of the Animate button chose No Animation.


5. If you want each bullet of the text to appear separately then highlight your text again and click on the Custom Animation button, just below Animation button we have previously selected.


Note: A dialogue box will appear on the right hand side of the screen. Here you can choose your effects and the order in which they occur.


Note: If you click on the Add Effect button, you will see that you can add an Entrance or Exit for your object or text. You can also add Emphasis and Motion Paths.


6. I would choose the Fly In option.


6.1. Now the challenge is that they all came in at once and if you want them to come one after another then you need to point when to start each line of text.


Next to the top bullet there is number 1. That means that is going to appear first. At the moment the rest of the text is attached to the first one.

6.2. In order to break the previously explained default pattern, select the second on and choose On Click from the Start option.


Here you can also choose the direction from which it would fly from and the speed. But for now lets leave that as it may be.

6.3. Do the previous step for all the other bullets as well.


6.4. Now click the play button in the bottom to preview the animation.


Now that you know how to animate your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can try and do the same steps to the other slides of your presentation.

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