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Microsoft PowerPoint 2008

Using Animation

Animation refers to the movement and sound accompanying text or slides in your presentation. Using animation with your lists and slides can often add excitement to your presentation by displaying text at crucial moments and making smooth transitions between topics. You can use customized animations to achieve the desired result.

return to topAdding a Custom Animation

By using the Custom Animations pane, you can have more control over your animations as well as have more animations to work with.

The following table shows the Add Effect pull-down menus on the Custom Animation pane.

Pull-down menu Name Function
Add Entrance Effect button Add Entrance Effect Once clicked, a pull-down menu will appear with effects that animate how the object or text enters the slide
Add Emphasis Effect button Add Emphasis Effect Once clicked, a pull-down menu will appear with effects that animate how the object or text appears on the slide
Add Exit Effect button Add Exit Effect Once clicked, a pull-down menu will appear with effects that animate how the object or text exits the slide

 

To add custom animation:

  1. From the View menu, select Normal
    The Normal view appears.

  2. Select the slide you want to apply an animation to

  3. Select the object you want to animate
    EXAMPLE: Text

  4. From the View menu, under Toolbox select Custom Animation
    OR
    If the Formatting Palette is visible, select Custom AnimationCustom Animation button
    The Custom Animation pane appears.
    Custom Animation pane

  5. From the desired Add Effect pull-down menu (e.g., Add Entrance EffectAdd Entrance button), select the desired effect
    HINT: To access more animation choices in each category, from the desired Add Effect pull-down menu, select More Effects...

  6. OPTIONAL: On the Custom Animation pane, from the More Effect Options section, Timing section, and Text Animations section, use the appropriate pull-down menus and text boxes to customize the animation specifications
    NOTE: The options available to you will vary depending on the animation you selected earlier.

  7. Repeat steps 2-7 for each object you wish to apply animation to

Reordering Animations Using the Custom Animations Pane

The Custom Animations pane also lists all animations for the slide you are currently viewing. You can use this list to control the order of animations. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select the slide you want to change

  2. From the View menu, select Custom Animation
    OR
    If the Formatting Palette is visible, select Custom AnimationCustom Animation button
    The Custom Animation pane appears.

  3. From the Animation order scroll list, select the animation for which you want to change the order

  4. To move the selected animation before another animation, clickMove up button
    To move the selected animation after another animation, clickMove down button
    The order of the animations is changed.

return to topAdding Transitions to Slides

Transitions perform an effect as you move from one slide to the next. In PowerPoint 2008, transitions can be easily added to a slide using the Transitions tab in the Elements Gallery.

HINTS:
It may be tempting to use a different transition style for each slide, but doing so may be distracting and appear unprofessional. You should only use a few slide transition styles to provide consistency in your presentation.

  1. From the View menu, select Normal
    The Normal view appears.

  2. Select the slide you would like to add a transition to
    NOTE: The transition you apply will affect how the selected slide appears, not how it disappears.

  3. From the Elements Gallery, select the Transitions tab
    The ribbon expands to show the available options.

  4. Select the desired transition

  5. To customize the transition, on the Transitions tab, click OPTIONS...
    The Transition Options dialog box appears.
    Transition Options dialog box

  6. To set the speed of the transition, from under the Transition pull-down menu, select the desired speed

  7. To add a sound to the transition, from the Transition Sound pull-down menu, select the desired sound

  8. To apply this transition to all of your presentation's slides, click APPLY TO ALL

  9. To preview the transition, from the Custom Animation pane, clickPreview button

Removing Transitions

  1. Select the slide(s) that you want to remove the transition(s) from

  2. From the Elements Gallery, select the Transitions tab
    The ribbon expands to show the available options.

  3. On the Transitions tab, click NO TRANSITIONNo Transition
    Transitions are removed from the selected slide(s).

return to topRemoving Animations

Animations can be removed from objects one at a time using the Custom Animation pane.

Removing Animation: Custom Animation Pane Option

  1. Select the slide containing an animation you want to remove

  2. From the Formatting Palette, select CUSTOM ANIMATIONCustom Animation button
    OR
    From the View menu, select Custom Animation
    The Custom Animation pane appears.

  3. In the Custom Animation pane, from the Animation order scroll list, select the animation you want to remove

  4. Click REMOVERemove Animation button
    The animation is removed.

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