How to Dim the Appearance of Text in PowerPoint

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When giving a presentation, you want your audience to focus on one message at a time to avoid confusion. Reducing the appearance of text that is not being discussed can help you achieve this. Here’s how to do it in PowerPoint.

First, open PowerPoint on your Windows PC or Mac and navigate to the slide that contains the text you want to tone down. In this example, we will use a slide with five bullets.

Drag the text to blend

Now we have to give the text an input animation. Make sure to give each point you want to cover its own animation. Do not group them.

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Highlight the text you want to animate by clicking and dragging the cursor over the text.

Highlight text in PowerPoint GIF

Then select the “Animations” tab and choose your input animation in the “Animation” group.

Select the animation that appears in the PowerPoint animations tab

You will know that the animation has been successfully applied if you see a number appearing next to the text.

Number next to the text showing the animation

Repeat these steps until you have applied animation to all the bullets.

All animations have been applied

Open the animation pane by selecting “animation pane” in the “Advanced animation” group of the “Animations” tab.

Select the animation pane

Select all the animations by holding Ctrl in Windows or Command on the Mac and clicking on each animation. Click on the arrow next to the animations and select “Effect options”.

Select all GIF animations

The “Appear” window will appear. In the “Effect” tab, you will notice that “Do not reduce” is selected by default next to the “After animation” option. Change this by clicking on the arrow next to the item and selecting a slightly different (but always similar, color to avoid attracting too much attention) color to the background of the slide. You can also select “More colors” if you don’t see your color in the commonly used group. In this example, we will use light gray.

Select “OK” to save your changes and continue.

dim option after animation

Once the modifications have been applied, consult the presentation to make sure it works. You should have something that looks a little like that.

Preview of dark text animation

That’s all we can say about it!

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