Office For Mac

Faster than a speeding bullet

Don’t want to show your hand all at once when making
your points in a PowerPoint presentation?

Try animating each bullet point one at a time. You can
make text fly in, float in, or bounce in one line at a
time —or just sedately appear.

In PowerPoint for Mac 2011, you can do it all right from the ribbon.

To reveal one line at a time in your bulleted list, do the following:
1. Select the first line of text.
2. Click the Animations tab.
3. Under Entrance Effects, click the effect that you want, such as Appear.

That’s it! When you run the slide show, each line appears as you click the mouse.
Want to have a little fun? Try different entrance effects. Fly In is my personal favorite. To see more options for the entrance effect, after you apply the effect, click Effect Options. For example, with the Fly In effect, try From Left.

For more information about other cool animations, watch the videos in Animate slide text and objects.

- Dawn, PowerPoint for Mac writer

June 16th, 2011
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  1. Tom French says:

    How do you paste an excel spreadsheet into PowerPoint so it does not use up a lot of memory? I used to use Windows paint and copied the spreadsheet from there. Now lost how to do this using my Mac

  2. Dawn says:

    Hi, Tom. Select the cells in the spreadsheet that you want to paste into PowerPoint. Click Edit>Copy. Click in PowerPoint where you want to paste them. Click Edit>Paste Special, and then click Picture. To reduce file size if your spreadsheet is in Excel, consider embedding the data in PowerPoint instead of pasting as a picture. This has the added benefit that when you change the spreadsheet, the presentation is also updated. It’s not hard to do. To learn how to embed data, see the Link or embed data help topic at

  3. Kim says:

    Since upgrading to Lion OS, the Chinese input option for PowerPoint Mac 2011 has disappeared. MS office website is less than useless for finding out a fix for this.
    Anyone have a clue how I can fis this? Chinese input works just great in Word, but is truly a no go for PowerPoint

  4. Frank says:

    Having trouble with MS Office 2011 for the Mac, which was purchased in March. Much surprised; not amused. PowerPoint keeps giving me a large red X in the upper left corner of many slides and a message on those slides that says:
    “The image cannot be displayed. Your computer may not have enough memory to open the image, or the image may have been corrupted. Restart your computer, and then open the file again. If the red x still appears, you may have to delete the image and then insert it again.”
    First, most of the slides that give me this message have no images on them at all, other than the theme of the slide.
    Second, I’m running a new MacPro with 6Gb of memory.
    Please don’t tell me that PowerPoint is eating all of that memory.
    Please do tell me how to solve this problem.