Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adjusting Effect Options
Choose a color that’s close to the slide’s background but still visible, such as gray
on a white or black background or pale blue on a dark blue background. Figure
23-13 shows an example of dimmed text.
PowerPoint shows you a preview of how your dimmed text will look. In the
preview, the text dims immediately. In an actual slideshow, however, it waits until
the next object enters.
Repeat these steps until you’ve applied the effect to all the text you want to dim. To
test that dimming works the way you want it to, take a look at the slide in Reading
or Slide Show view.
Tip: Dimming works great when you’re animating a bulleted or numbered list. Page 651 shows you how
to animate a list so that each item on the list enters separately.
Dim previously discussed text to keep the focus on the current topic.
Note: If you really want to focus the audience’s attention, use the “After animation” drop-down menu to
make the previous object disappear when the next object enters or when you click the mouse. Choose
Hide After Animation or Hide on Next Mouse Click.
Animating paragraphs and words
When you animate a text box, the text inside that box usually enters all at once.
So if you have a short paragraph, for example, that’s flying in from the left, the
whole paragraph flies in together. If you’d rather have the text enter word by word
or even letter by letter, select the animated text box and open the Additional Effect
Options dialog box (Figure 23-12) by clicking Animations ➝ Show Additional
Effect Options (Alt, A, M).
In the dialog box, go to the “Animate text” drop-down list and select one of these options:
• By word. The text enters one word at a time.
• By letter. The text enters one letter at a time.