Make words appear one line at a time in PowerPoint

Make words appear one line at a time in PowerPoint

You can make text appear one line at a time on your slide.

For more about animating slide content, see:

Animate a picture on your slide

Animation effects available in PowerPoint Online

Make text appear one line at a time

  1. On the slide, select the box that contains your text.

  2. On the Animations tab, pick an animation, such as Appear, Fade In, or Fly In.

    Animations in PowerPoint Online

    For some animations, such as Fly In, click Effects Options, as you’ll need to pick a direction for the bullets to fly in from, such as bottom, top, left, or right.

  3. Click Effect Options, and then click By Paragraph to make the paragraphs of text appear one at a time. (The other option, All at Once, makes all the lines of text appear at the same time.)

    Animate by paragraph

    The desktop versions of PowerPoint immediately preview the animation for you. To preview the animation in PowerPoint Online, in the lower-right corner of the task bar, click Slide Show View, and then click to see each paragraph of text appear one at a time.

    Slide Show View

By default, when you present in Slide Show, each paragraph appears in response to a click. That way, you control when each paragraph appears.

In the desktop versions of PowerPoint, you can modify this setting by using the Start, Duration, and Delay controls on the far right end of the Animation tab of the ribbon.

Make text appear one letter at a time

In the desktop versions of PowerPoint, you can also create a "typing" visual effect by making characters in a paragraph appear one at a time.

  1. On the slide, select the box that contains your text.

  2. On the Animations tab, select the Add Animation drop-down menu, and select an animation, such as Appear, Fade In, or Fly In.

  3. On the Animations tab, select the Animations pane button.

    The "Animate by letter" option

    The Animation Pane opens on the right side of the PowerPoint window.

  4. In the Animation Pane, click the down arrow for your animation, and select Effect Options.

    The "Animate by letter" option
  5. In the Appear dialog box, on the Effect tab, open the Animate text drop-down list, and select By letter. The default delay value for the time between letters appearing is 0.5 seconds, but you can change that in the delay box.

    The "Animate by letter" option

    PowerPoint immediately previews the animation for you so that you can see the timing as the characters appear individually. You can repeat the preview by selecting the animation in the Animation Pane and clicking Play Selected.

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