Add Rolling Credits to a PowerPoint Presentation

Use a custom animation to extend thanks

Give credit to the people who helped you make your presentation. Use animation to produce rolling credits and add a professional touch to your PowerPoint presentation.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010.

Creating the Credits

When you want to thank a list of people who helped with your presentation, create rolling credits at the end of the presentation.

  1. Insert a blank slide. Position the slide at the end of your presentation.

  2. Add a text box to the slide or use a text box on the template. To add a text box, select Insert > Text Box and drag to draw the box on the slide.

    A screenshot of drawing a text box in PowerPoint.
  3. Select Home > Center to align the text in the center of the text box. Alternatively, press Ctrl+E to center the text in the text box.

  4. Enter your presentation title or a comment in the text box.

    A screenshot of entering text in PowerPoint
  5. Enter the name and any other relevant information for each person in the rolling credits in the text box. Press Enter three times between each entry in the list. 

  6. As you type names, the text box remains the same size, but the text becomes smaller and may run outside the text box. Don't be concerned about this. You'll resize the names soon.

    A screenshot of a credits list in PowerPoint.
  7. Add a closing statement following the list of names.

Enlarge the Size of the Rolling Credits

After you enter all the credits, drag to select all the text in the text box or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A.

  1. Select Home > Font size and change the font size for the rolling credits to 32. The text box may extend past the bottom of the slide.

    A screenshot of resizing text for PowerPoint credits.
  2. Center the text on the slide if it isn't already centered.

  3. Change the font if you want to use a different font.

Change the Text Color

To change the font color on a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Select the text.

  2. Select Home.

  3. Select the Font Color down arrow and choose a new text color.

Change the Background Color

You can also change the background color of the entire slide.

  1. Select a blank area of the slide outside of the text box.

  2. Select Design > Format Background. Or, right-click on the slide and select Format Background.


    A screenshot of the formate background function in PowerPoint.
  3. Select a Fill option. For a solid color background, select Solid Fill.

    A screenshot of the format background in PowerPoint.
  4. Select the Color down arrow and select a background color.

  5. Drag the Transparency slider to change the transparency of the background.

Add Animation

Add the custom animation in the Animations tab on the ribbon.

  1. Select the text box on the slide.

  2. Select Animations.

  3. Select Add Animation.

  4. Select More Entrance Effects.

  5. Choose Credits in the Exciting group.

    A screenshot of the credits animation effect.
  6. Select OK.

  7. Select Animation Pane.

  8. Select the down arrow next to the text box animation and choose Timing.

    A screenshot of timing for credits animation in PowerPoint.
  9. Choose the speed at which you want the credits to roll in the Duration box.

    A screenshot of the PowerPoint Effect Timing dialog box.
  10. Select OK.

  11. Save your presentation and run it. The rolling credits appear just as they did in the preview.

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