How to Make Animated Characters in PowerPoint

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Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to present your ideas and information in a graphical way. PowerPoint includes support for photos, videos, audio and even animated characters. The animated characters are displayed via a file type know as an animated Graphics Interchange Format, which can be embedded into a PowerPoint presentation. Microsoft has included many different animated GIFs in the Microsoft Clip Art collection included with the Microsoft Office Suite.

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Things you need

  • PowerPoint 2003 or later

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  1. 1

    Open the PowerPoint presentation that you wish to include an animated character. Click on "Insert," then "Movie" and "Movie from Clip Organizer." PowerPoint will launch the Clip Art sidebar.

  2. 2

    Type in search terms to help you find the animated GIF you want, then press "Go." Scroll through the options until you find the one you want. You may need to used different search terms to find the image that will work best for your presentation.

  3. 3

    Double-click the image you wish to include in your presentation. Drag the handles on the corners of the image to resize it to your preferred size. Drag the image around the slide to position it where you want. Press "F5" to see the slide show and preview the animation effect.

Tips and warnings

  • Create your own animated GIF files with free tools online.

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