After you have dazzled your audience, you might want to thank people for contributing to your presentation in some way. You can recognize them personally, which is a good idea, especially if they're present. You can also consider adding a list of credits to the end of your presentation. It's easy to do using PowerPoint's Credits effect.
The first step is to add a new slide that contains the names of the people you want to thank. You can use the default layout slide and a bulleted text box, to get started quickly. Add the title text and then simply add each person as a bulleted item, adding three or four empty lines between each entry, as shown below, to the text box. As you add items, the font will shrink a bit to accommodate the new lines, but don't worry about that. For now, just get all the names in the text box.
To format the slide, do the following:
- Select all of the text in the text box and remove the bullets by clicking the Bullets option in the Paragraph group on the Home tab (or the Formatting toolbar in PowerPoint 2003).
- Click the Center option in the same group to center the items between the left and right margins.
- Choose 32 from the Font Size dropdown in the Font group. Doing so will force text beyond the bottom margin of your slide, but that's Okay.
- Select white from the Font Color dropdown. The text will momentarily disappear. Change the title's font color as well. While doing so, you might want to change the title's alignment or font size, but we're not concerned with the slide's title in this example.
- Right-click the slide's background (not inside the text box) and choose Format Background (just Background in PowerPoint 2003). From the Color dropdown, choose black, and then click Close.
Now we're ready to add the Credits effects to the items in the text box, as follows:
- Press [Ctrl]+A to select the title and the text box that contains the names. (You want to select all the objects in the slide.)
- Click the Animations tab. In PowerPoint 2003, choose Custom Animation from the Slide Show menu.
- Click Add Animation dropdown in the Advanced Animation group. If Credits isn't in the Entrance section, select More Entrance Effects. In PowerPoint 2003, click the Add Effects dropdown at the top of the pane, choose Entrance, and then More Effects.
- In the resulting dialog, select Credits in the Exciting section, and click OK.
- Click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation group. (The pane should be open already in PowerPoint 2003.)
- Select the first item, Title 1, and set this item's Start setting (in the Timing group) to After Previous.
- Select the second item and enter a Delay setting of 2 seconds. In PowerPoint 2003, right-click the effect, choose Timing, and set the Delay option in the resulting dialog.
After setting the Credits effect, you're ready to view the slide by pressing [F5]—and watch the title and names roll from the bottom of the screen to the top.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.