a PowerPoint presentation, it can be useful to have certain slides or words appearing when you click the mouse, giving the presenter control over the slideshow and when to show certain information. This effect is controlled through the Animation options of Microsoft PowerPoint.

To begin with, you need to have your presentation designed and slides setup with the static content on there.

Next, select the slide that you want to animate

From the ribbon select ‘animations‘ tab and then open the animation pane under ‘advanced animation’ group > animation pane

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The next bit is then where we can start to have fun! You are limited only by your imagination!

Select the item that you wish to animate, and then under ‘animation effects’ select the animation that you would like. You can use more than one animation per object, so for example you could have text appear on the screen and then fly off afterwards.

In this example we are going to make our text zoom onto the screen. To do this, click we use an entrance effect. There are lots of options here – hover over each one to see a preview of how the animation will work with your text.

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After you have added your animation, you will see the item is added to the animation pane. From here the options for customising the timings and effects are endless! In the animations pane, double click the item you want to edit

Next, in the resulting animations dialog box select the timing tab

From the ‘start’ dropdown box select On click

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This sets the main object to appear on the click of a mouse button, if you then want to break the object down, for example if you want text within a text box to appear a word at a time, or paragraph at a time, you can do so by using the options on the effect and text animation tabs as belowAnimate on click5


When you are done, click OK

To view your slideshow and test the animation go to slideshow tab> start slide show