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Animating Your Text

You can add a little pizzazz to your documents by animating your text. What does that mean? Simply that you can make it wiggle, blink, shimmer, and shake on the screen. This formatting can be applied to any characters you desire by following these steps:

  1. Select the text you want to animate.
  2. Choose Font from the Format menu. Word displays the Font dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Text Effects tab is selected. (See Figure 1.) (In Word 97 you select the Animation tab.)
  4. Figure 1. The Text Effects tab of the Font dialog box.

  5. In the Animations list, select the animation effect you want applied to your text. In the preview area of the dialog box you can see how your text will appear.
  6. Click on OK.

You should note that the animation formatting is visible only on the screen. Animated text will not affect how your document is printed.

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Comments for this tip:

KULBIR    30 Aug 2016, 07:50
allen@sharonparq.com    04 Apr 2016, 09:37
Robert: Note the very last paragraph of the tip: It doesn't affect how your document is printed.

Robert L Marshall    04 Apr 2016, 09:09
animated text fails to work in my printed Word 2000 document
George    22 Sep 2015, 20:02
Be sure that animations are enabled under TOOLS, OPTIONS, VIEW. Word 2003.
Andreas Rejbrand    31 Dec 2014, 20:41
@Ellen: No need for that. Select the text you want to animate. Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic editor. Press Ctrl+G to open the 'Immediate' window. Type "Selection.Font.Animation = wdAnimationShimmer" and press Enter. You can get a popup menu with all the animation constants there is.
Meir    26 Nov 2014, 20:37
The described function doesn't exist in WORD 2010, I intend to upgrade to Word 2013. Does the animation tab exist in Word 2013 ?
Ellen McKay    25 Feb 2014, 13:56
I am looking for a sample word document with animation in the text so I can use it for a 2007 word document. Can you assist me?

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