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How to Reveal One Line at a Time in Microsoft PowerPoint

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PowerPoint provides several options for creating distinctive presentations with animations. You may make anything as basic as a typewriter animation or as dramatic as displaying Star Wars scrolling text. Another approach would be to expose one line at a time.

By employing an animation to bring in individual lines in PowerPoint, you may not only make a unique slideshow, but also one that is useful. You may wish to elaborate on each item in a bullet list, describe each step in a numbered list, or examine individual lines without using a list at all.
In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to disclose lines one by one in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

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Set up the Animations in PowerPoint

Navigate to the slide with the text you want to animate and drag your mouse through the first line you want to see.

Navigate to the Animations tab and choose the animation collection by clicking the arrow at the bottom. This lists all of the effects that are available.

Select from the Entrance animation effects. You may go subtle with Appear, Fly In, or Float In, or go all out with Grow & Turn, Swivel, or Bounce.

A small preview of the animation should appear. If not, click “Preview” on the ribbon’s left side. You may also view each animation you apply or adjust automatically. Click the Preview arrow and tick the box next to “AutoPreview.”

Select each subsequent line you wish to animate one at a time and apply the animation as you did with the first. You may use the same effect or a different one if you want. Each line is numbered in the sequence in which the animations occur.

Customize the Animations

After you’ve created the basic animations, you may adjust the Effect Options, Start action, and, optionally, the Duration.

Change the Effect Options

You may have more variables for the impact depending on the Entrance animation you choose. For example, for the Fly In animation, you may pick a direction from the top, bottom, right, or left, or for the Float In effect, you can choose up or down.

Click the Effect Options drop-down arrow after selecting each animation. Then select the animation’s direction.

If the Effect Options button is grayed out, there are no options for that specific animation per line.

Select a Start Action

If you want to show one line at a time in PowerPoint to speak more about each of those lines, you will most likely want total control over when they appear. To do so, choose an animated line and navigate to the Timing section of the Animations tab’s ribbon.

Select “On Click” from the Start drop-down list for each animated line on the slide. When you select this option, each line appears only when you click the slide.

If you choose to just show one line at a time, select “On Click” for the first line to start the slide animations and “After Previous” for the subsequent lines. Using this option, each animated line will be displayed one at a time.

When using “After Previous,” you can additionally add a number of seconds to the duration between animations by utilizing the Delay box just below the Duration field.

Adjust the Duration

Another change you might wish to make is to the Duration. Each animation has a preset duration for how long the effect plays from beginning to end. You may alter this by clicking the Duration box in the Timing section of the Animations tab’s ribbon.

Enter a number in seconds or use the arrows to speed up or slow down the animation.

Use the Animation Pane

In addition to personalizing your animations with the ribbon, you can use the Animation Pane. This is a side panel where you may adjust the Start action, edit the Effect Options, delete an effect, or reorganize your animations.

Click “Animation Pane” in the Advanced Animation section of the ribbon on the Animations tab.

You’ll notice the sidebar display, which lists your current slide animations in chronological order. To rearrange them, select and drag or use the arrows at the top, or click the arrow to the right of an animation to make changes.

To close the Animation Pane, click the X on the top right of it or deselect the Animation Pane button in the ribbon.

Whether you want a dramatic effect or a useful one for expanding on talking points, you can easily reveal one line at a time on a PowerPoint slide.



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