You’ve spent countless hours to prepare your PowerPoint presentation. Now, give credit to those that helped – add rolling credits to your PowerPoint presentation.
This is a simple thing to do and all those that helped pull the presentation together will appreciate your thanks. And, the audience will appreciate your professionalism.
Here’s how to add rolling credits.
Outlook 2003 (and earlier):
Add a “Content” slide to the end of the presentation. Click on “Insert” and select “New Slide.” Select the “Title and Text” slide option on the slide layout window on the right side of the screen.
Create a black (or another dark color) background.
Click on the “Format” menu and select “Background.”
Click on the drop down arrow to select the “Black” color. Click on the “Apply” button.
Click in the “Title” text box and type the title of the presentation. Press CTRL + A to select all of the text and change the color of the text to something very light, to contrast with the black background. On the formatting toolbar, click on the drop down arrow next to the icon with the letter “A” for font color.
Next click in the “Text” box and type the names and titles of the people you wish to give credit. Press the return key a couple of times in between names, to provide spacing while the credits roll.
Follow the same steps above to change the font color to something very light to contrast with the background.
NOTE: If you are providing a lot of credits, the font size will decrease as you are typing. Let it continue, as we can change the font size later.
When you have completed typing the credits, press CTRL + A to select all text and change the size of the font by using the font size drop down on the formatting toolbar.
With the text still selected, click on the “Bullet” button on the toolbar to remove the bullets that were pre-formatted on the “Title and Text” layout. Next, click on the “Center Text” button on the formatting toolbar.
Now you are ready to add the rolling credits animation.
Click on the “Slideshow” menu and select the “Custom Animation” option.
Highlight the text box and click on the “Add Effect” button on the “Custom Animation” window.
Select the “Entrance” option, hover to “More Effects“, scroll to the “Exciting” section and click on the “Credits” option. Click the “OK” button to save the animation.
Right-click on the animation (just under the “Speed” section) and select the “Timing” option. See image above.
Select 2 to 3 seconds in the “Delay” drop down to add a pause after the “Title.” Click the “OK” button to save the changes.
HINT: You may wish to delete the “Title” text box and use only the “Text” box. Practice and determine which best fits your needs.
Click on the “Play” button to see the animation. Make any necessary changes following the above steps. Once you have decided the animation is complete, save the presentation and run the slideshow to see the “rolling credits.”
Outlook 2007 only has slight differences from 2003.
Use the “Home” tab to add the new slide at the end of the presentation. Select the “Title and Content” slide layout.
To change the font size and color, use the “Home” tab where the 2003 instructions state to use the formatting toolbar.
Follow the instructions above and use the “Slideshow” tab where the 2003 instructions state to use the “Slideshow” menu.
The “Custom Animation” window opens and follow the instructions above.
This may seem lengthy, but when you follow the steps, it really is simple. Remember, add rolling credits to your PowerPoint presentation and those that helped to create it will feel much appreciated.