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How to create a command line or typewriter animation in PowerPoint

How to create a command line or typewriter animation in PowerPoint

Adding crazy animations to your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation gives you more life to your slide show. Adding a typewriter or animation to the command line will not only entertain your audience, but also keep them focused on the text.

Create a command line / typewriter animation

Typewriters and command line animations are very similar. The only differentiating factor is the style of the text. If you choose the look of a vintage typewriter, we recommend choosing a Courier New font with 12 dots in black. For the look of the command line, we recommend using a white (or green) 12-point Lucida console font on a black background. Because the animations are identical, we will use the command line style as an example here.

Go ahead and open PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want the animation.

You will need to make sure that you have a black background to work with if you are looking for the look of the command line. Go to the «Insert» tab and then click the «Shapes» button.

Enter a form in PowerPoint

A drop-down menu will appear. In the «Rectangles» group, select «Rectangle».

select the shape of the rectangle

Click and drag the mouse on the slide to draw the shape. You can make the shape fill the entire slide or shrink it if you demonstrate something on a smaller scale.

draw a GIF shape

Go to the «Format» tab of shapes and select «Fill Shape» in the «Shape Styles» group.

form filling

Select black from the drop-down menu.

black filling

Do the same with the «shape contour».

black contour

Finally, click and drag to resize the shape as you wish.

gif slide

In this example, we cover the entire slide.

solid black slide

Now it’s time to insert your text. Go to the «Insert» tab and click the «Text box» button.

select the text box

Note: Yes, you can write text directly on the form. But using a text box gives you a little more control over where your text appears.

Click and drag the mouse over the slide to draw the text box.

draw the GIF text box

Make sure the font settings are correct for that animation. Since we do the command line animation for this example, we will select Lucida Console (1), 12pt font (2) and white (3).

command line font

Go ahead and write the text you want. When you’re done, select the text box, switch to the «Animations» tab, then select «Appears» in the «Animation» section.

the animation appears

On the same tab, click the «Animation Panel» button.

animation panel

The animation panel will appear on the right side of the window. Select the animation and then click the arrow that appears.

animation arrow

From the drop-down menu, select «Effects Options».

Effects options

In the window that appears, select the arrow next to «Animate text». In the drop-down menu that appears, select «By letter.»

appear by letter

Then enter 0.1 in the «seconds between letters» box, and then click «OK.»

seconds between animation

As a good practice, check the animation to make sure it looks good.

gif command line

And that’s it. It’s a fun way to demonstrate commands during a presentation or to keep the audience’s attention with an old-fashioned typewriter animation.