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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Animating SmartArt

Animation refers to the movement and/or sound accompanying text or graphics in your slides. SmartArt graphics have built in animation options that make them ideal for punctuating your content as you present. SmartArt graphics can be animated in three ways: As One Object, All At Once, or One by One. Other than these built in options, SmartArt graphics can be animated and customized the same as other objects.

NOTE: Prior to adding animation, create and format your SmartArt graphic. For more information, refer to Working with SmartArt or Working with SmartArt: An Overview. For more information on animation, refer to Using Animation.

return to topSmartArt Animation Options

SmartArt graphics can be animated in the following ways:

As One Object
The entire SmartArt graphic will be treated as one image. (e.g. If you chose this option with the Fly In effect, your entire graphic would fly onto the screen.)

All At Once
The SmartArt graphic will be animated based on its separate pieces, but each will perform its animation at the same time. (e.g. With the Fly In effect, each of the pieces would fly onto the screen at its own rate, but begin simultaneously. This effect often closely resembles the As One Object option.)

One by One
Each piece of the SmartArt graphic will be treated as a separate object, and will animate one at a time. (e.g. If you chose this option with the Fly In effect, each shape of the graphic would appear on screen on its own, eventually creating the whole graphic.)

 

return to topAnimating SmartArt

You can animate quickly by selecting from the Animations pull-down list, or using the Custom Animations pane for more control over your SmartArt. Aside from the animation options built into SmartArt, they animate just like other objects on your slides. For more information on working with animations, refer to Using Animation.

Animating SmartArt: Ribbon Option

  1. Select the entire SmartArt graphic you want to animate

  2. From the Animations tab, in the Animations group, from the Animate pull-down list, select the desired animation
    Your SmartArt graphic is animated.

Animating SmartArt: Custom Animations Pane Option

  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you want to animate

  2. From the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click CUSTOM ANIMATIONCustom Animation button
    The Custom Animation task pane appears.
    Custom Animation pane

  3. From the Add Effect pull-down list, select the desired type of effect » select your effect
    Add Effect menu

  4. To select how you want your SmartArt graphic to animate, right click the animation in the animation list » select Effect Options...
    The (Effect) dialog box appears.
    Custom Effect dialog box

  5. Select the SmartArt Animation tab

  6. From the Group Graphic pull-down list, select how you want your SmartArt grouped
    NOTE: For more information on the three SmartArt animation options, refer to SmartArt Animation Options.

  7. OPTIONAL: If you selected One by One, to reverse the order in which the pieces of your SmartArt graphic animate, select Reverse order
    NOTE: The option is selected if a checkmark appears.

  8. Click OK
    Your SmartArt graphic is animated.

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