How to Draw Moving Lines in PowerPoint

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You may already be well experienced in adding PowerPoint's animated movements to your slideshow text, taking your viewers from slide to slide or even bullet point to bullet point. In PowerPoint, movement isn't reserved just for words in a presentation though. Make other elements of your corporate slideshows come alive by applying animations to lines and other designs. With this functionality, attract attention to your corporate logo or capture employees' attention between slide topics.


Step 1

Start PowerPoint. Click once on each of the two text boxes that come by default on the slide and press the "Delete" key. This is optional, but they may interfere with your line drawing and how it appears to move on the slide.

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Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab, then click the "Shapes" button on the ribbon. Click one of the lines in the "Lines" section of the drop-down menu, such as the plain line or one with an arrow on one side.


Step 3

Position the cursor on the PowerPoint slide. Press and hold the "Shift" key to keep your line drawing straight, then drag the cursor to form the line. Release the "Shift" key and the line appears.

Step 4

Click the line so you see a small white dot on each end.



Step 5

Click the "Animations" tab. Without clicking an actual animation, hover the cursor over each of the animations in the Animation area of the ribbon. Watch how the line moves. For example, hover over the "Float In" button and watch the line rise up in the air like it is levitating. Look through the animation options using the scroll bar.


Step 6

Click an animation to set it as the way the line will move. You'll see a small yellow-orange "1" box appear on the slide. This notation defines that the line has a movement associated with it.



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