Dim text in PowerPoint presentations

Makes it easier for viewers to read slides

You’ve created a great PowerPoint presentation, but you want to add a few effects to help your audience focus on your content. If your presentation slide has bulleted lists, highlight the point you’re talking about and darken the rest.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint Online, PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, and PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.

Apply blackout effect to highlight text

Add a Dim Text effect to bullet points in PowerPoint presentations to help your audience focus on your content. This will blur the text from your previous point into the background while still showing. The current point you’re talking about will stay front and center.

To darken text with animation in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your presentation and go to the slide where you want to darken the text.

  2. Select Animations

  3. Select first marker and select animation Entrance † For example, choose To fade to make the text appear and disappear from view.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining markers. Don’t forget to add the entry animation to each waypoint in sequence.

  5. Click the down arrow next to the first animation in the animation panel.

    To display the animation panel, select Animations Animation panel

  6. Select Effect parameters

  7. Select tab the effect if not already selected.

  8. Select down arrow after animation

  9. Choose a color for dark text.

    Choose a color close to the slide background color. For example, the text is visible after dimming, but not disturbing when you discuss a new question.

  10. Click Okay to apply the changes.

  11. Repeat steps 5 – 10 for each bullet.

  12. Select Animations Example to preview the animation effect.

  13. The text for each waypoint fades with each click.

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