I ran across this neat feature of Microsoft PowerPoint that I want to share with you. As a presenter, you are in control of what is being displayed. Instead of presenting all your bullet points at once lets dim there appearance one at a time. The “dim text” feature allows the audience to focus on one topic. For my example I am using a single slide with five bullet points.
This is for PowerPoint for Office 365 Windows and Mac versions. Other versions of PowerPoint will be similar.
- Open PowerPoint on your Desktop/Laptop or Mac
- Find a slide that contains bullet points or text you want to dim. See my example below:
- Highlight a bullet point or text
- Select the Animations tab and choose the Appear animation
The animation will be successfully applied if you see a number next to the bullet point or slide.
Repeat the above steps until you have applied an animation to each bullet point or text. Refer to the following image:
- Select all the Animations by using the “Ctrl” key and clicking on each animation.
- Select the arrow next to the right side of the animation
Select Effect Options. See following image:
Change Behavior for Dimming
We are going to change the behavior of the default Don’t Dim option by clicking the arrow next to the item (a drop down box selection) and select a color slightly different than your bullet points or text. You want your color selected to be visible to the audience. For my example, I selected a light red color:
- Click OK
Test Your Slide
Now its time to test out your slide. You should see something like the following screen as you manually or automatically select each bullet point.
This is a nifty feature for your next text presentation. Save your slide or presentation, you are finished.
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