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How to animate each Element in a Chart in PowerPoint

If you add a chart/graph to PowerPoint and mark an individual element in it and then choose an animation, PowerPoint will animate the complete chart/graph by default. This is not always the intended solution. Thus, I shortly describe here how you can solve this problem and animate each element, category or several elements individually. For a more visual representation check out the video below.

Step-by-Step guide on how to animate individual elements in a graph/chart in PowerPoint

  1. Add a chart/graph, select the proper symbol on the “Format” tab in the toolbar.
  2. Select the chart/graph on the slide.
  3. Select the “Animations” tab in the tool bar and select the animation you want to use.
  4. Now by default PowerPoint will animate the whole chart/graph, thus all elements will appear at once. To change this behavior click on “Effect Options” (on the right side of the different listed animations) to the option of your prefer:
    1. “As One Object”(selected by default)
    2. “By Series”
    3. “By Category”
    4. “By Element in Series”
    5. “By Element in Category”. This option will guarantee that each element will get an animation.

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HowTo-Video: How to animate each Element in a Chart/Graph in PowerPoint

How to do a Typewriter Animation in PowerPoint

In presentation we often use (famous) quotes to make a point, highlight an idea and create some provocation. There a several ways of displaying a quote, depending on the style of your presentation and also your speaking profile an non-animated slide may be sufficient. Sometimes, you want to use a simple animation like displaying the quote slowly letter by letter to read along or let work on the audience.

The video takes about 2 minutes (see below), but for simplicity here you also can find the text description.

How to add a typewriter animation to your text

Now a step by step guide on how to add a slide with a text and typewriter animation in PowerPoint.

  1. Create a new slide, ideally with a blank layout.
  2. Add a text box or use an existing text box. Enter the quote.
  3. Go to the “Animations” tab, select the text box and click on the animation called “Appear”.
  4. Very important: Open the “Animations Pane” in the tool bar, it is located on the top quite to the right side.
  5. The “Animations Pane” should open on the right side of the screen. There should be a short list with all animations from this slide (usually just one). Click on the appropriate animation with the right mouse button. Select “Effect Options” from the list.
  6. In the open dialog windows, the third entry will be “Animate text:” select “by letter”. Optionally you can set the delay between each letter below. I recommend a 0.1 seconds delay.
  7. Confirm with clicking on “Ok”. You are done.

IMPORTANT: There is also an “Effect Options” element in the tool bar, the problem is this doesn’t open the dialog windows, thus this can be very misleading. So keep in mind that only the “Effect Options” in the “Animations Pane” provide the proper dialog windows.

How to Video on doing a letter by letter aka typewriter animation in PowerPoint

How to do a seamless transition between multiple slides in PowerPoint

In this video I show you how to do a seamless transition between multiple slides in PowerPoint. It creates the illusion of one big slide that is moved around the screen. It is great for showing processes, developments and large flow charts. The effect is amazing and the best thing it is really easy to do. Furthermore, the transition automatically works in both directions, so if you go to the previous slide in your presentation it will transition exactly the same way. I recommend watching the video in full screen, because some details could get lost in the small embedded view. Please let me know, if it was helpful to you and if you know any presentation were you have used it. Also I provided a German version too (2nd Video).

Seamless transition between several PowerPoint Slides

Nahtloser/Perfekter Übergang zwischen mehreren PowerPoint Folien

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