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Advanced Animation Techniques, Part One

In this article, we will introduce you to advanced animation techniques and how to use them in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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In this Article, we will learn how to:

  • Choose a basic animation effect
  • Set animation effect options
  • Customize the trigger for an animation

Choosing a Basic Effect

To apply an effect to a specific object in your presentation, you first need to select the object in question. For this example, click on the image on the second slide of the sample presentation:

select object to apply effect

Next, click the Animations tab. Examine the various animations that are available inside the Animation gallery. Click the More arrow () to expand the entire gallery:

click animation tab

As you can see, there are plenty of animations to choose from. At the bottom of the gallery, you will find commands to open various dialogs with a complete list of each type of animation:

animation gallery dialog box

For this example, click outside of the gallery to close it. Then, click Fade:

click fade

The effect will be applied to the selected object and immediately previewed. Save the changes that you have made to the presentation and close Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

Setting Effect Options

Some animation effects include options that allow you to customize how they operate. To start, select the object in question. For this example, select the image on the second slide in the sample presentation:

Customizable options for object

Next, click Animations → Effect Options:

click effect options

The options in this menu will be different depending upon the type of effect that has been applied. In this case, the Fly In effect has been applied to the selected picture, so the options listed here control the direction of this effect. Click From Left:

options available in menu

The new effect option will be applied and previewed. Save the changes that you have made to this presentation and close Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.

Customizing the Trigger

In PowerPoint, you have the ability to set a special start condition for effects so that they run after you click an object. To view and apply these options, you first need to select an object that has an effect applied to it.

For this example, select the picture on the second slide in the sample presentation:

second slide selected

Next, click Animations → Trigger:

click animation trigger

The first option in the drop-down menu is “On Click Of.” Click this option to see objects that you can choose from:

on click of to see object

In this case, choosing either object will mean that you will have to click on the selected object in order for the animation to start. You can also have the animation play when you reach a bookmark.

See Advanced Animation Techniques, Part Two

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