Creating a Series of Click-Activated Instructions in PowerPoint

PowerPoint allows presenters to create engaging, interactive presentations that reveal content sequentially through clicks. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to set up a series of click-activated instructions using PowerPoint’s custom animation and trigger features.

Why Click-Activated Instructions?

Having instructions appear one click at a time:

  • Allows you to reveal information in a logical order
  • Directs audience attention
  • Encourages participation through clicking
  • Adds interactivity and engagement

This technique is useful for:

  • Step-by-step tutorials
  • Revealing processes sequentially
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Flipping through a series of images/diagrams
  • Guiding users through instructions/content

Step 1: Set Up the Text Box

  • Create a PowerPoint slide with a title and text box for instructions:

PowerPoint slide setup

  • Type the instructions into the text box

🚧 Use one line per instruction

🚧 Number instructions if needed

  • Make sure to use a large, easy to read font

Step 2: Add Custom Animation

  • Right click the instructions text box
  • Select Custom Animation

Custom animation menu

  • In the Custom Animation pane:
  • Click Add Effect > Entrance > Fade for each instruction
  • Set timing to On Click
  • Set text animation to start After Previous

This will make each instruction fade in, one click at a time.

Step 3 (Optional): Enhance with Sounds and Images

For added interactivity, set instructions to:

  • Play sounds using Play option
  • Time images to appear using animation Triggers

Enhanced custom animation

Presenting Click-Activated Instructions

During presentation:

  • Instruct audience to click to reveal each step
  • Advance slides by clicking, not using arrow keys
  • Use presentation mode (F5)

This creates an engaging, self-guided presentation!


  1. Set up text box with instructions
  2. Add custom animation for click timing
  3. Enhance with sounds and images (optional)
  4. Present in slideshow mode

Using this easy technique, you can create flowing, interactive instructions! Your audience can learn at their own pace by clicking through the content.