What is Animation in PowerPoint?

Animation refers to a graphic element that displays movement. When you apply some visual effects to the content in your slide or to the entire slide then the outcome is known as an animated slide. Popular presentation software like PowerPoint is packaged with animation features so that you can use various animation methods to animate graphics, texts, bullets, titles, images, and other visual content. Animation in PowerPoint helps your audience feel interested in the presentation. The animation artwork is created with the help of the AutoShape features of the PowerPoint. The effects are then applied to the objects using Custom Animation.

What are the Different Types of Animation in PowerPoint?

There are two types of Animations you can apply to make your presentation effective:

  • Transitions

Transitions are the type of animations applied between the slides. When you pass from one slide to another, you can apply animated effects in-between these slides. There are many transition options available in the transition pane of the PowerPoint ribbon. Refer to the image below:

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 ‘Effect options’ are the additional transition animation options. Using effect options, you can adjust the effect direction of your slide transition. Additionally, you can also adjust the time duration and sound effects for each transition slide as per your choice.

  • Animation

Using the animation option in the PowerPoint toolbar, you can apply visual effects to the object in your slide. You can animate text, titles, images, charts, videos, etc. by selecting any animation option of your choice present in the animation PowerPoint ribbon. Refer to the image below:

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You choose any from the following animation options:

  • Entrance Animations with a green colored icon for the object to enter the slide based on your time preferences.
  • Exit animations with a red-colored icon for the object to exit the slide
  • Motion path animations for moving the object from one point to another
  • Emphasis animation with a yellow colored icon for drawing attention to that object.

How to Apply Animation to Your Presentation Slides?

You can follow the following steps:

  • Select your target object on the slide. This may be text, image, or any other content.
  • Click the ‘Add Animation’ option from the Animation pane. You will find a list of the entrance, exit, emphasis, and motion path animation options. Choose the option you want to apply.
  • You can also set the time and duration for your object to appear on the slide.

Some Tips While Adding Animations

  • Keep simple animations for business presentations.
  • Avoid overdoing the effects.
  • Ensure the timing and animated object synchronize properly.