Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When you animate a bulleted or numbered list, you probably want the list items to
enter one at a time, so you can discuss each item at the appropriate moment in your
presentation. PowerPoint makes doing that a breeze. When you select a list to
animate, PowerPoint assumes that you want the list items to enter one at a time.
To make this happen, first create a list and then select its text box. On the
Animation pane, find and apply the entrance animation you want (Alt, A, S, or Alt, A, S,
E for a menu of all entrance effects). PowerPoint applies the animation and puts an
animation number next to each item on the list, showing the order in which items
Adjusting animation for individual list items
When you apply animation to a list, PowerPoint gives each item on the list the same
animation. If you want to give different list items different effects, open the Animation
pane (Figure 23-16). Here the animations list shows only the first animation in the
sequence. Click the expansion arrow just below that animation to see each item in the
sequence. Now you can select any list item and adjust its animation effects individually.
Giving subitems their own animation
If a list has subitems, such as subbullets indented under a main bullet, PowerPoint
treats those subbullets as part of the main bullet. When you animate the list, the
subbullets enter with the main bullet they belong to.
To break up this unit and have subbullets enter one by one, open the Animation
pane (Figure 23-16). Expand the list animation if necessary. Click the first subbullet
to select it. On the menu that opens, Start With Previous is selected. Change this
setting to Start On Click.
PowerPoint assigns the subbullet its own animation number. Now, during a
slideshow, the subbullet won’t enter until you click the mouse. Repeat the process for any
other subbullets you want to enter separately.
Tip: Here’s another way to animate a list’s subitems separately. Select the list and then, in the Animations
tab’s Animations section, click the lower-right Show Additional Effect Options button (Alt, A, M). In the
dialog box that opens, click the Text Animation tab. From the “Group text” drop-down list, select “By 2nd
Level Paragraphs”. (If your list has lots of subbullet levels, you can choose a deeper level—all the way up
to fifth.) Click OK. This breaks up the list for animations at the level you chose.
Animating a list as a single block of text
You might want a list to act as a single block of text, rather than a collection of
separate items. Maybe you’re repeating a list that appeared earlier for emphasis, for
example, and you don’t need the teaser of one-item-at-a-time entry.