Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Revealing a bulleted list, part of Keynote: Builds Transitions Animations and Effects.
One of the most common animations that you'll use in a presentation is an animation to reveal a bulleted list. The use of bulleted lists is a staple in most presentation styles as it allows you to condense the information on the slide. Remember, you're not putting up a full transcript of what's being said. This is not open captions for the thinking impaired. Rather, what you are doing is putting up the essential information. The bullet point that's used to encapsulate the memory. By revealing those bullet points one at a time you are controlling the pace of the information and it really helps the listener in the audience take what they're seeing and combine it with what they're hearing.
Here's how you do it. On a slide here. I'll select the text block so it's active. And I'll choose Build In. Remember, if you don't see the animation properties, just click the Animation button to reveal the inspector. I'll click to add an effect. And I'm a big fan of using really simple animations. So for example, Dissolve. By default, it brings it on as one group, but let's click Dissolve to apply it. What I'd like to now do is reveal this by character. So, if I preview that, you don't quite see it at one second, but if we slow that down, you'll see it more.
Let's take that to a three second reveal. And that looks pretty good. And what I'd like to now do is reveal this by one bullet at a time. Click Preview to see it. And you see they begin to fade on. That looks good. And if I click Play, I could watch that from the top. With each click, one bullet slowly appears and I like the slow fade approach here. It's a very gentle way to reveal the information and I prefer, when delivering bullets, to not be abrupt. I like to save those more abrupt transitions for when I am showing more dramatic changes between sections of a presentation.
While revealing a bulleted list is pretty standard, another common scenario is going to be working with text inside a table.
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