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.
A drop-down menu will appear. In the «Rectangles» group, select «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.
Go to the «Format» tab of shapes and select «Fill Shape» in the «Shape Styles» group.
Select black from the drop-down menu.
Do the same with the «shape contour».
Finally, click and drag to resize the shape as you wish.
In this example, we cover the entire slide.
Now it’s time to insert your text. Go to the «Insert» tab and click the «Text box» button.
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.
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).
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.
On the same tab, click the «Animation Panel» button.
The animation panel will appear on the right side of the window. Select the animation and then click the arrow that appears.
From the drop-down menu, select «Effects Options».
In the window that appears, select the arrow next to «Animate text». In the drop-down menu that appears, select «By letter.»
Then enter 0.1 in the «seconds between letters» box, and then click «OK.»
As a good practice, check the animation to make sure it looks good.
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.