Microsoft PowerPoint 2003: How to animate text in presentation on Windows XP?

Are you planning for adding eye-catching style to keep your audience engrossed to your PowerPoint presentations till you finish with the last slide? Well, one of the best ways to keep your audience engaged and help them collect data within shorter span is to highlight that desired part of the text, by animating the text. Adding animation effects to text on Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 presentation is easy and never fails to leave impact on your audience’ mind.

In order to apply animation effects to text in Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 presentation, you can use several built-in animation effects or you may create custom effects. Here we have brought an easy tutorial on how to use and add animation effects to the text in Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 presentation while you are working on Windows XP-based computer.


Just follow these steps to animate text in the presentation.


  1. Open PowerPoint presentation
  2. On your slide select the text box that you will be modifying, then choose “Custom Animation” from the drop-down list under “Slide Show” on the top menu bar. An area will open up on the right-hand side of the window.
  3. Add an effect by clicking the “Add Effect” button. You will have several choices to make about how you want the text to behave.
  4. Slide your cursor to “Entrance,” “Emphasis,” “Exit” and “Motion Path” to change the text. Change how the text first appears on the slide with the “Entrance” option and how it disappears off the slide with “Exit.” The “Emphasis” option will change the appearance of the text and “Motion Paths” is the direction the text will move as it enters and exits.
  5. Modify the text transition on the page by changing how it starts, the direction, and the speed from the drop-down menus below the “Add Effect” button.
  6. Hit the “Play” button to preview your animation effect choices. Each text box has an assigned number so that you can easily find each box if you need to make changes.

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