Drawing attention to individual talking points in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is easy with this simple Grow/Shrink animation.
Keeping your audience engaged is hard work, but your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation can complement your style in many ways. One way is to highlight the current talking point, and there are many ways to do this; however, one of the easiest is to use the Grow/Shrink animation. All points start out the same size. When discussing a point, it grows, becoming larger and drawing the attention of your viewers to that point. When you move on to the next point, the previous point shrinks while the new point grows, immediately drawing your audience’s attention to the new point. In this article, I’ll show you how to implement this affective animation that requires very little setup or specialized knowledge.
I’m using Microsoft 365, but you can use older versions. For your convenience, you can download the demonstration .pptx file. They contain a slide of all the timing setups you’ll work though, so you might want to hide slides as you advance to the next setup to avoid having to click though them. You can’t create the same timing in the browser, but the browser runs the completed animation. This article assumes you have basic PowerPoint skills, but the instructions are comprehensive.
How to add the bullet points in PowerPoint
You’ll need a few text bullet points, similar to those shown in Figure A. If you know how to do this, you can skip this section. Otherwise, do the following:
Click the Insert tab, click Text Box in the Text group, and then click and drag a bit to insert a simple text box. Don’t worry too much about size and position yet.
Before entering text, click the Home tab and then click Bullets in the Paragraph group.
Enter the three lines of bulleted text.
Once you have the list, center it between all four margins and increase the font size a bit. I’m using Calibri 40.