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How to animate text by letter, word or paragraph in PowerPoint

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PowerPoint provides a variety of options to give motion to text. PowerPoint text animation draws viewers’ attention to the key points of your presentation and make viewing experience more fun. You can animate a text object on the slide with an entrance, emphasis, exit or motion path effects. Also there are different options to animate the text box in parts by paragraph or even by letter.

It will take a few simple steps to apply different animation effects to text and make it visually appealing.

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  1. Select a text box you would like to animate by clicking on the frame.
    Picture 1: Text box in PowerPoint
  2. Go to the Animations tab and choose an animation effect you like.
    Picture 2: PowerPoint animations
  3. To see the whole list of animations, click the Animation Pane button on the Animations tab.
    Picture 3: Access animations in PowerPoint
  4. Now you can configure options for a certain animation. Select animation on the Animation Pane and choose Effect Options from the drop-down menu. Picture 4: Configure effect options in PowerPoint
  5. Go to the Effect tab and choose the Animate Text option: “All at once”, “By word” or “By Letter”. You can also set delay between animations in percentage for the last two start animation types.
    Picture 5: Set text animation in PowerPoint
  6. In the Timings tab choose the Start option for the animation: On click, With Previous or After Previous. You can set Delay in seconds for the chosen animation, choose Duration (fast, medium or slow) and number of Repeats.

    Note: iSpring will read infinity value Repeat: Until End of Slide as a 1 because the conversion engine cannot calculate the length of the slide, which is important to proceed. To work around this, set Repeat to any numeric value, e.g. 99, it will imitate a very long repeated action.

    Tip: You can access timing options on the Animations Pane and edit them by moving and arranging different animation tracks.

    Picture 6: Set animation timing in PowerPoint
  7. If text contains a bulleted list, you can set up the paragraph level till which animation will go in steps. Go to the Text Animation tab. Choose by what paragraph level you want to animate your text in the Group text drop-down list.

    Picture 7: Animate text by paragraph in PowerPoint

    For example, on this slide we have 4 paragraphs with nested levels from 1 to 4. If you set text animation By 2nd Level Paragraphs, two of them will be animated in a sequence while the rest of the bullets (the 3rd and the 4th levels) will be animated at once.

    Picture 8: Text animation by second-level paragraphs

    You may notice animation IDs with numbers when you select the text box. Animations with equal numbers will be animated simultaneously.

  8. Once all the options are selected, click OK to close the Animation Effects window. You can preview animations in the Animation Pane. To see the final result, go to the Slide Show tab or press crtl+F5 to start playing the presentation from the current slide.

Now you can apply text animations and iSpring will take care of converting them to both Web formats Flash and HTML5.

WordArt text animation

In PowerPoint you can apply WordArt styles to the text.

Picture 9: Wordart styles in PowerPoint

Stylized text is converted to a raster image with iSpring, therefore, can’t retain the animation. Still you can apply animation to a WordArt object. To do it, right click on the stylized text, choose Save as Picture and Insert this picture into a slide. Then apply animation to the raster image. Note, that you can’t change text or adjust styles after you attach it as a picture.

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