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If you don’t want to show all of the elements of a PowerPoint slide at once, you can create a build slide. This type of slide helps you make a transition from one point to the next, adding effective flow to your presentation. To create a build slide in PowerPoint, you add an entrance animation effect to each part of the slide.

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Add animation to each element

  1. Select the text or object in the slide that you want to appear first.

  2. Click Animations > Add Animation.

    The Animations tab
  3. Click one of the Entrance Effects listed, or click More Entrance Effects to view more effect options.

    Tip: You can also select one of the Entrance Effects from the list of icons in the Animations tab.

  4. Repeat this process with each object in the order you want each to appear.

    Note: By default, PowerPoint sets the entrance effects to play in the same order that you add them. After your animation build slide opens in a slide show, click the slide to show your first object with the entrance effect. Each subsequent click reveals the next object in the order you specified.

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Update your animations

You can view or edit the order of your objects in your build slide. Use the Animation Pane to update your settings.

  1. Click Animations > Animation Pane. This opens the Animation Pane to the right of your slide.

    The Animations Pane option is on the Animations tab.
  2. Select one of the slide objects.

  3. To change the order of animations, click the up or down arrow at the top of the Animation Pane.

    Click the arrows in the Animations Pane to change the order of the animations.

    Tip: To change the order, you can also drag an item to a different position in the list.

  4. To update the Effect Option, click the arrow next to the icon.

    Click the arrow next to the icon to update the effect option.

    Tip: You can also right-click the item to access the Effect Options.

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Reveal a text-based list one line at a time

See Animate or make words appear one line at a time.

See Also

Video: Create your first PowerPoint presentation

Apply an animation effect to text or objects

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