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PowerPoint 2007: Animation and Slide Transitions

Benefits of adding animation and slide transitions:

Adding Slide Transitions

Slide transitions control how your presentation moves from slide to slide.

Note

You do not have to add slide transitions to your presentation. If you do not add transitions, your presentation will move from slide to slide with a click of the left mouse button or by pressing Enter or the right arrow key. If you want the presentation to play on its own, you must set slide transitions.

  1. In either the Slide Sorter or Normal view, select the slide or slides which you want to apply the transition to.
  2. From the menu ribbon, select the Animations tab.
  3. The most commonly used animations will appear in the center. To preview more transition options, click the down arrow.
  4. Tip

    To preview a transition, in Normal view hover your mouse (do not click) over the transition and view your slide transition in.

  5. Select a transition from the list.   Clicking it will apply the transition to the slide.   You can also select Apply to All to apply the same transition to all your slides.
  6. In the Speed dropdown, select the speed at which you want the transition to play.
  7. In the Sound field, use the drop-down menu to select a sound to play during a slide transition, if desired.

Note

The first time you select a sound, a box may appear prompting you to install the Sound Effects feature.

  1. Indicate how you want the slide transition to occur by selecting an option under the Advance Slide heading.
    Select On mouse Click if you want the transition to take place when you click the left mouse button.
    Select Automatically After if you want the transition to occur after a specified time. Use the up and down arrow keys in the blank box to specify the number of seconds which should pass before the transition takes place.

Applying an Animation Scheme

Animation refers to how individual options on your slide move onto or off of the slide. PowerPoint has several preset animation schemes that you can use.

  1. In either the Slide Sorter or Normal view, select the slide or slides which you want to apply the transition to.
  2. From the menu ribbon, select the Animations tab.
  3. Select an animation, customize your play speed, and set your sound preferences.
  4. Click Apply to All if you want all slides to use this animation. Otherwise it will be applied only to the slide or slides you selected.
  5. Click Preview to play the animations.

Creating Custom Animations

You can create custom animations to specify exactly what you want to animate and how it should be done.

  1. Select the slide which you want to apply the animation to.
  2. From the menu bar, select the Animations tab and the Custom Animation button. The Custom Animation window appears on the right side of the screen.

Note

If you previously selected an animation scheme for the slide, the animation for it will be shown.

  1. Click on an element of the slide that you want to animate. For example, you could select a title, bulleted list, or graphic.
  2. Click Add Effect. A menu appears with a list of effect categories. Entrance effects control how the element enters the slide. Emphasis effects make the element do something after it enters the slide. Exit effects control how it leaves the slide. Motion paths allow you to specify where the element travels on the slide.
  3. Select a category. A second menu appears with choices for that category of effects.
  4. Select one of the effects. Details about the effect appear in the Custom Animation window.
  5. In the Start field, use the drop-down menu to select an event which will trigger the animation.

    With Previous means the animation will occur at the same time as the previous animation on the slide or it will occur when the slide appears if there are no previous animations.
    After Previous means the animation will occur after the previous animation.
  6. In the Direction field, use the drop-down menu to select a direction for the animation. The significance of the direction depends on animation type.
  7. In the Speed field, use the drop-down menu to select a speed for the animation.

Note

Reorder animations using the up and down arrows at the bottom of the Custom Animation window. Delete an animation by selecting the animation you want to delete and clicking the Remove button.

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Last modified: Jun 23, 2011, 10:39 EDT
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