PowerPoint 2000: Adding Animation

PowerPoint 2000 introduced basic animation effects such as Appear, Dissolve, Fly In and so on. While limited compared to later versions, there are still ways to create compelling animations in PowerPoint 2000.

Types of Animations in PowerPoint 2000

There are two main types of animations in PowerPoint 2000:

Transition Animations

These animate the transition from one slide to the next in your presentation. To add a transition animation:

  1. Click on the Slide Transition icon on the toolbar
  2. Select the transition effect you want from the menu
  3. The transition will preview on the selected slide

You can use different transitions for each slide.

Build Animations

These animate individual elements within a slide. For example, you can have bullet points fly in one by one. To add a build animation:

  1. Select the text or object you want to animate
  2. Go to Slide Show > Custom Animation
  3. Choose an animation effect and tweak the settings
  4. The animation will show when presenting the slide

You can animate multiple items on each slide.

Tips for Creating Animations

Here are some tips for working with animations in PowerPoint 2000:

  • Use animations sparingly. Too much animation can be distracting. Use just enough to enhance your key points.
  • Keep it simple. Stick to basic effects like Appear, Fly In and Wipe. Avoid over-the-top animations.
  • Check timings. Review the slide show to ensure build animations don’t happen too quickly. Adjust delays as needed.
  • Set complex animations to trigger on click. This avoids overwhelming your audience. Let them control the pace.
  • Use motion paths for movement. You can create basic movement by animating an object along a drawn line or curve.
  • Animate GIFs. Insert animated GIFs from external sources to include more complex animations not possible directly in PowerPoint.
  • Combine animation types. Transition slides AND build animate elements within slides for added interest.

Advanced PowerPoint Animation Techniques

With some creativity, you can push PowerPoint 2000’s animation abilities further:

Animate Bulleted Lists

Have bullet points fly in one-by-one to reveal key information piece-by-piece:

  1. Draw some basic shapes to use as bullets
  2. Copy and paste to create multiple bullets
  3. Animate the bullets to fly in separately

Simulate Motion Paths

Draw a shape like a star. Copy and paste it multiple times, nudging it over slightly each time to create a trail. Animate each star to appear sequentially to simulate movement.

Morph Images

You can simulate morphing by cross-fading between two similar images. Quickly toggle between images on click to show a smooth transformation.

Animate Layered Elements

Place duplicate clipped images on top of each other. Animate them separately to slide objects underneath other objects to reveal what’s below.

Use Video

Insert short video clips and set them to play automatically or on click. Video gives the illusion of complex animation not possible directly in PowerPoint.

Presentation Tips

When presenting animated PowerPoint slides:

  • Let animations play out fully before advancing
  • Pause and let key points sink in
  • Use slide notes to prompt verbal explanations
  • Avoid reading bullet points word-for-word
  • Engage your audience with eye contact

Rehearse your slide show to ensure smooth pacing and flow.

While basic compared to newer versions, PowerPoint 2000 provides enough animation capabilities to enhance presentations and keep your audience engaged. A bit of creativity goes a long way!