How to Create a Subliminal PowerPoint Presentation

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How to Create a Subliminal PowerPoint Presentation
DJ Spooky shows subliminal messages at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. (Donald Bowers/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

PowerPoint is a visual tool used, most often, to give presentations in front of crowds of people. Subliminal messages are supposed to work by flashing a message on the screen for a short period of time so that people see the words with their subconscious minds, but they are never consciously aware of what's happening. Rather than trying to implant ideas in the minds of your audience, you can use some simple effects in PowerPoint to make fun of the subliminal message idea and lighten the mood.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open PowerPoint. Create a new slide by pressing "Ctrl" and "M" on the keyboard. Click the "Insert" tab, then choose the option to insert what you want for your subliminal message. For example, you could insert "WordArt" and type "Buy my book."

  2. 2

    Click the "Animation" tab, then click "Custom Animation." Click to select your message, click "Add Effect" in the Custom Animation box and then point to "Entrance." Click "Flash Once." Note that if you don't see "Flash Once," select "More Effects."

  3. 3

    Click the drop-down arrow next to the animation listing that appears in the Custom Animation box. Choose "Timing." Click in the "Speed" box and type "0.05 seconds." Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click the "Slide Show" button at the bottom of the Custom Animation box to preview your subliminal message. You can make the message last longer by adjusting the Timing. PowerPoint can't display anything more quickly than about 0.05 seconds, though.

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