Animating Your Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 22, 2016)

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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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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