Your audience doesn’t want to wait for text on the slide to appear!
I don’t mean each line of text coming in separately. There’s certainly controversy about that and I suggest that you make a choice based on your needs and your audience.
I’m talking about text that fades in, wipes in, flies in, etc. While that animation is happening, your audience has to wait until the text is readable. It’s annoying!
Watch this 15-second video as an example of annoying animation. Notice that even the slide titles fade in over a 2-second period. Then the slide text wipes in from left and from the top.
Of course, the less text, the better. But I often see even slide titles animated. Really, you don’t need any animation for slide titles — at all.
Removing animation on lots of slides can be time consuming. Display the Animations tab. On each slider, click an object, and choose None on the Animation gallery. Alternatively, click Animation Pane to display the pane, choose the animation there, click the down arrow to the right, and choose Remove.
If you have a presentation with too much animation, you can nuke it when you present. Go to the View tab and choose Set Up Slide Show. In the Set Up Show dialog box, check the Show Without Animation checkbox and click OK.
How do you feel about animated text? Leave a comment!