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What Are the Different Types of PowerPoint® Animation Effects?

G. Wiesen
G. Wiesen

A number of different PowerPoint® animation effects are typically used for a variety of reasons, though they are often part of a slide or created to transition between slides. One effect that is quite popular involves the use of animated images or videos that are placed on a slide, which can then have further animation added to them. There are also effects that can be applied to words and images on a slide to make them more interesting or to reinforce their purpose. Many PowerPoint® animation effects are used as transitions between slides to make a presentation more interesting.

PowerPoint® animation effects are different options that can be used within a presentation to make the slides and overall arrangement more interesting. Animated images or videos can be added to a PowerPoint® presentation quite easily, and these already incorporate certain animated features into them by virtue of their animated nature. Additional PowerPoint® animation effects, however, can then be added to these animations on the slides themselves, to make them more interesting. This can include the use of audio that can be added to the animation as well as three-dimensional (3D) effects that can be used to make the animation stand out from the rest of the slide.

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Woman doing a handstand with a computer

There are also a number of PowerPoint® animation effects that can be used in conjunction with still images and text on a slide. Images, for example, can have simple types of animations added to them, such as making a particular picture spin on the slide or having it become larger or smaller. Text can also be enhanced in a number of different ways, such as the use of PowerPoint® animation effects to make the text appear on a slide through a fade-in or by moving onto the slide from the top or side. Scrolling effects can also be used with text, to make a message move across a slide repeatedly.

Some of the most popular PowerPoint® animation effects are those that can be used to create transitions between slides. During a presentation, different slides usually switch from one to the next simply by having one disappear and then the next one appears. Transition effects can be added that allow a slide to physically move to the side to reveal the next one, or a new slide can move over the existing one to proceed. A presentation can be made more interesting through the use of PowerPoint® animation effects such as dissolve transitions between slides, or slides that spin as they appear.

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In my spare time, I enjoy experimenting with the animation effects in PowerPoint. Not only is there a lot of variety available, but even more so, it's a good example of how some transitions are used in the world of media, such as film and video.


@Krunchyman - While you do bring up some very good points, I think it should be a balance of both. While you do want your presentations to look like a lot of effort was put into them, it shouldn't be a case of style over substance either. When creating a PowerPoint presentation, present all of the important facts in an organized manner, while making it creative and visually appealing as well.


One thing people should realize about PowerPoint is that you can do much more than just create generic presentations. This would happen to me all the time in High School. Though my PowerPoint presentations were well done, my teachers did seem a bit bored by them, mainly because I didn't use any animation effects, which could have improved things. However, when I got to college, I did some research on ways to improve, and now my presentations are a lot better. Always take advantage of the effects and transitions available.

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