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Animation is a great tool you can use to make a PowerPoint presentation more dynamic. This video will help you add animation to your next school or business presentation to keep your audience interested.See Transcript

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Tired of static powerpoint presentations? Well this About.com video will help you add animation to your next school or business presentation to keep your audience interested.

Create the Entire Presentation First

When adding animation, it's best to create your entire presentation first, get all the information on your slides and put everything in the correct position before you begin adding animation to those slides.

Animations are Split into Categories

Once you have your slideshow completed, select an element in your presentation, such as a text box, and then click on the tab that reads "Animation" to show all the different animation options.

You will see the animations are split into the different types of effects. By clicking on an effect while you have an element selected, you will apply that effect to that element on your presentation. If you want to see how it looks, just click on the "Play" button in the top left hand corner. The effect options include Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion.

Control All Aspects of the Animation

Now once you've added an animation, you can edit that animation to do exactly what you want. For example, if you have two animations on one slide and want them to happen at the same time. All you have to do is select the animation itself, then head to "Animation Options" on the right hand corner of your PowerPoint window. You can select from "With Previous", "After Previous" and "On Click".

Click and Drag to Adjust Order

To keep track of your animations you can go to "View", then select "Custom Animation" and a window will appear on the right side of your screen that shows all the animations you've added to your presentation thus far.

With the custom animation window you can make your effect do exactly what you want. You can adjust the order of animations on a particular slide by clicking and dragging in this window or using the up and down arrows. You can also change the timing of your effect or how the effect happens.

Delete and Watch Animations

If you want to delete an animation, just highlight the number associated with that animation in the "Custom Animation" window or in the slide itself and press delete on your keyboard. And as always, if you want to preview your entire slideshow presentation, you can go to "Slide Show" and click on "Play from Start".

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