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Need to add text animation to your Adobe Captivate course? Then you are in the right place. This post is the last of a three part series, Captivate Tips for Beginners. This post will cover three areas of text animation:

  1. How to Use Captivate Text Animations
  2. How to Move Text with Captivate Effects
  3. How to Add an Animated Text file (.swf or .gif)

Let’s get this text party started!

How to Use Captivate Text Animations

You’ll want to start by going clicking Insert –> Text Animation. The Text Animation Properties box will open.


Type in your text, font, and size. Enter a delay to how quick you want your animation to take place. Enter your color from the color pallet. Add a loop if you want it to play over and over again. My preference is looping animated text can be a little annoying. So I keep the Loop box unchecked. Then click OK.

In the Properties section you’ll see a sample of your new text. Just below you can name of your new text. Next, we will change how the new text behaves. In the Properties Tab in the Effect drop down menu you will find lots of effects.


One effect I like is the “Fall_In” effect. Test out which effect fits your needs. If you want to add shadow, reflections, transitions, or change timing of the animation you can do this in the Properties tab.

Here is an important tip adding Captivate Animation text! You can ONLY add text animations per line. Meaning you can’t do multiple lines of animation text, just one. You have to make them individually. That’s okay. There is a work around. Just right click on an animated text you have already created on your timeline and click “Duplicate.”


This duplicate tip saves time not only for adding more line but if you wanted to add similar text several times throughout an audio clip, as an example. Now you just need to edit the duplicates rather keep making new animations every time.

How to Move Text with Captivate Effects

If Captivate Animation is not what you are looking for, an alternative is to add effects to just plain text. For example, you have an effect to make a word animate in a cool way but you also want the word to move or flying in. Let me show you how to make your words fly in!

Okay, so after you have added your text to the slide click the “Effects” tab near your Timeline tab. In the bottom you will find an “Add Effect” button.



Now a whole new list of effects can be used on your text. I chose the the Entrance effect–>Fly In –>then Fly in Left to Right.


Click on your new text within your slide. Notice a little box at the bottom right of your text. Click the box and an arrow will appear. If you want to change the path of this arrow simply click either point and drag.



How to Add an Animated Text file (.swf or .gif)

Lets say you have animated text already made and you want to import it (or any .swf/.gif file). Those are easily added by clicking Insert–>Animation. Then search your drive for your animated text. In my slide I found an animated fireworks .gif for my last slide. Again, this means you can add any Shock Wave Flash files or .swf to your course.



Here is the final version of everything we learned in this post:


And here is an overview of everything we learned in all three of the Captivate for Beginners posts:


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