Category Archives: Animation

The Animation Pain (oops… Pane)

For those who have not understood the concept of PowerPoint animation, manipulating the configuration settings can be a painful and frustrating experience. In this article we will understand Animation Pane settings in detail and gain mastery over it.

Before you read this article, you should read these two articles:
Understand PowerPoint animation concepts in 10 minutes
Explore PowerPoint animation in 20 min

This time I am writing the article itself as a presentation. Let me know if you like this approach.

animation pane
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Explore PowerPoint animation in 20 min

The earlier article was about understanding the concept. Now let us learn the technical part of it. This article is actually an assignment. It will not take a long time to complete, but it will benefit you for a very long time to come. You will get the confidence of deciding when animation is required and which one to use.

Explore PowerPoint animation with Dr. Nitin Paranjape

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Understand PowerPoint animation concepts in 10 minutes

understand PowerPoint animation concepts in 10 minutes

Earlier I wrote a post on showing images professionally. I received some feedback that many of the readers are not well versed with the way animation works in PowerPoint. Hence this article. In 10 minutes you will learn the concepts which have eluded you for 2 decades. Read this even if you use animation routinely in your presentations. It is common to know use something without knowing the concept behind it.

We breath every day. But you have to learn Yoga to know how to breath efficiently Smile

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How to show Bottom Up approach in PowerPoint


Suppose you are talking about global warming – and want to show that action can be taken at various levels – starting from the lowest level – each individual.

Here are the bullets you have added…


You want to talk about each item one by one. Therefore you added animation.

Select the text box – Animation – Add Animation – Appear.

Now when you run the slide, each click will expose one bullet at a time. This is good because you get time to explain each level. Therefore the audience cannot read ahead of what you are speaking.

There is only one problem. You want to show the approach BOTTOM UP… but the animation is going TOP DOWN Sad smile

Solution : Animation Pane (it eliminates the pain!)

Click on Animation tab – Animation pane. A window (pane) appears on the right side.


Currently it shows only one entry but actually it has many entries which are collapsed to reduce clutter. The double down arrow can be expanded to show the animation for each bullet.


The animation is simple – each item is triggered by a mouse click. The problem is the order.


Can it be reordered? Of course… you can simply drag drop the animation sequence to reorder it. But wait… just because it works does not mean it is the best way.

In fact it is the worst way – why? Because repetition is inefficient!

Open the dropdown at the end of the animation entry and choose Effect Options…


Notice that there is a nice tab for text animation.

Imagine, Microsoft thought of your needs 20 years back and provided that “in reverse order” checkbox, which displays your bottom up approach very nicely.

Show bottom up approach in powerpoint

You had a problem all along – the solution was with you all along.

But you never found it Sad smile

Moral of the story?
All that you need is already there.
Just look for it!