How to Hide Text Until Clicked in Powerpoint

Hiding text in PowerPoint lets you reveal when it will have the most impact. Learn how to hide text until clicked in PowerPoint.

A well-prepared PowerPoint document can make or break a presentation.

You may have information that you don’t want revealed immediately so that it will have more impact when it is finally displayed. It’s simple to do by hiding the text until you click on the slide or on a specific shape.

Here’s how to hide text until clicked in PowerPoint.

How to Hide Text Until Any Click in PowerPoint

If you want text to appear when you click anywhere on your PowerPoint slide, setup is quick and easy.

To hide text until any click in PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint document and click on the Insert menu.
    powerpoint insert menu
  2. Click on New slide.
    new powerpoint slide
  3. Select White or one of the other presets.
    blank powerpoint insert
  4. Always in the Insert menu, click Text zone.
    powerpoint insert text box
  5. Drag a text box onto your slide.
    powerpoint text box
  6. Click in the text box and enter your text. The text tools are located under the House menu.
    PowerPoint text
  7. Highlight the first section of text you want to hide, or all of the text if you want it all to appear at once.
    highlighted text powerpoint
  8. Click on the Animation menu.
    powerpoint animation menu
  9. Click on Appear or choose one of the other animation types.
    PowerPoint appears
  10. You will see a number appear on your slide, indicating the order of the animations.
    powerpoint animation number
  11. Repeat the process with any other text you want to hide.
  12. Launch your slideshow by clicking on the Slideshow menu and clicking Play from the start. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut F5 under Windows or Cmd+Shift+Enter on Mac.
    powerpoint reading from the beginning
  13. Your slide will initially appear blank. Each time you click on it, the next section of hidden text appears.
    first powerpoint text

How to hide text until a shape is clicked in PowerPoint

With the above method, the hidden text will always appear in the same order no matter where you click in the slide. If you want to control the order in which your text appears during your presentation, you can use PowerPoint triggers. This allows you to make different text appear depending on where you click.

To use triggers to reveal hidden text in PowerPoint:

  1. Open a PowerPoint document and click Insert.
    powerpoint insert menu
  2. Click on New slide.
    new powerpoint slide
  3. Click on White or select one of the other predefined slide layouts.
    blank powerpoint insert
  4. In the Insert menu, click Text zone.
    powerpoint insert text box
  5. Drag a text box.
    powerpoint text box
  6. Click in the text box and enter your text.
    typed text powerpoint
  7. In the Insert menu, click Shapes.
    powerpoint insert forms
  8. Select your shape.
    powerpoint choose shape
  9. Drag your shape and position it on your slide.
  10. You can use CTRL+C and Ctrl+V under Windows or Command+C and Cmd+V on Mac to copy and paste the shape as many times as you want.
    powerpoint pasted shapes
  11. Highlight one of the sections of text you want to hide.
    highlighted text powerpoint
  12. Click on Animation.
    powerpoint animation menu
  13. Click on Appear or select another animation.
    PowerPoint appears
  14. In the Animation menu, click Trigger.
    powerpoint trigger
  15. Hover over At the click of and select the name of the shape you want to click to make the text appear.
    powerpoint shape name
  16. A lightning symbol will appear next to this shape indicating that it is an animation trigger.
    lightning powerpoint
  17. Repeat steps 11-16 with any other sections of text you want to hide.
  18. Launch your slideshow by clicking on the Slideshow menu and clicking Play from the start.
  19. When your slide first appears, only the shapes will be visible.
    PowerPoint shapes only
  20. Click on one of the shapes to reveal the associated text. The order in which you click the shapes is the order in which the text will appear.
    powerpoint click form
  21. Be careful not to click anywhere else in the slide, as this will advance the slideshow to the next slide.

Harness the power of PowerPoint

Knowing how to hide text until clicked in PowerPoint is just one of the many things you can do to make your PowerPoint presentations more impressive.

Learning how to use slide transitions in PowerPoint can make your presentations more eye-catching, as long as you don’t overdo it! You can also add a video to a PowerPoint to give it more visual impact.

Once you’ve created it, you can stream your PowerPoint online, which is great for remote presentations.