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PowerPoint 2016: Animations

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Learn how to make your presentations more compelling by animating text and graphics in PowerPoint.

This course, created by Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann, shows you how to enliven your presentations by animating text and graphics in PowerPoint.

Heather begins with a primer on PowerPoint animation, helping you understand when—and when not—to incorporate animations into a presentation. She then goes into the building blocks of animating in PowerPoint: layering objects, working with background images, animating text, playing with lighting effects, and zooming with style. She shows how to animate with transitions, and walks viewers through the creation of three sample projects: a spinning globe animation, an animated timeline, and a flip-book. Heather wraps up by showing you how to put the finishing touches on a presentation by animating to music, automating playback, and exporting your PowerPoint file as a video.


  • Welcome
  • What you need to know
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Understand PowerPoint Animation
  • Why animate with PowerPoint?
  • When to use animation
2. Layer Objects for Animation
  • Sample project: Create a spinning globe
  • Create and format shapes
  • Apply motion paths
  • Adjust the z-order
3. X-Ray Vision with Background Images
  • PowerPoint's x-ray vision
  • Set the background image
  • Add and format x-ray shapes
  • Animate shapes
4. Kinetic Typography
  • What is kinetic typography?
  • Animate by word
  • Animate each text box
  • Work with the advanced timeline
5. Make Text Shine
  • Introduction to light
  • Create the text layers
  • Work with transparencies and gradients
  • Animate and arrange layers
  • Add some sparkle
6. Expert Zooming
  • Zoom with grow and shrink animation
  • Zoom with style
7. Animate with Transitions
  • Introduction to transitions as animation
8. Create a Timeline
  • Set up your first slide
  • Apply the push transition
9. Use Flip-Book Animations
  • Design and duplicate slides
  • Set slides to advance automatically
10. Put It All Together
  • Animate to music
  • Automate a show
  • Export as a video
  • Next steps

Taught by

Heather Ackmann

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