How to Make a Typewriter or Command Line Animation in PowerPoint?

Have you ever wanted to get the vintage typewriter style or command line style in animation?

You did??? Oki Doki, then you are on the right track to discover how to create such animations using PowerPoint.

To be precise, the typewriter and command line animation, both have a kinship except for the different font style only.

For vintage cum typewriter appearance, Courier New font in black with 12 pt. will be best suited and for command line look Lucida Console with 12 pt will do justice to the animation with a black background of course. After all its cmd, remember?

Since both the styles are identical to quite an extent, we will demonstrate here the way to create the command line style animation only.

Procedure Guideline:

Step 1. So first of all, if you are working out for command line animation, you need to make sure that the presentation background is black.

For that go to “Insert” tab and select “Shape” button.

Step 2. From the context menu click on a Rectangle box from the “Rectangular” group.

Step 3. Now click and drag your cursor to make a rectangular shape on the slide. Go to the “Format” tab and click on “Shape fill”. Choose black and do the same for the “Shape outline” from the “Shape Styles” group.

Step 4. Now drag your cursor again to cover the entire slide if you wish to, and it will be a rectangular space filled with black color.

Step 5. Go to the “Insert” tab again and click on the “Text Box” button. Click and drag a portion for text box in the black slide background.

TIP: You could have chosen the text box option directly from the slide, but choosing it from the “Insert” tab gives you more control over where the text would actually appear.

Step 6. Check for the font style to be “Lucida Console, with 12 pt is the size and color of the text being white.

Step 7. Type your text, select the text box, and then go to the “Animation” tab. Click on the “Appear” button.

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Step 8. Click on “Animation Pane” button.

Step 9. The animation pane box will appear on the right side. Choose your animation and click the arrow that you see there.

Step 10. Choose “Effect Options…” from the submenu.

Step 11. On the new operating Window, click on “Animate Texts” section, and choose “By letter” option from the dropdown menu.

Step 12. In the “seconds delay between letters” choose 0.1 value and click on “Ok”.

So it’s all done! Now check the animation in the slide to ensure everything is as exactly as you have planned it in the settings.


This animation method can be quite eye-catching if you are showcasing a presentation in your office, or elsewhere. It always gives the spectators a gist of coding experience.

Just try to stick to the steps mentioned above, and do not try to tamper on your own.

If you have any suggestions to adjoin, feel free to give it on our comment section.

Have fun, see you soon.

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