Advanced Animation Techniques, Part Two

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

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In this Article, we will learn how to:

  • Edit the motion path of an animation
  • Set animation start options
  • Modifying Duration and Delay

Editing the Motion Path

PowerPoint allows you to control the path of an animation as well. To start, select the target object. (In this case, click the picture on the second slide in the sample presentation.) Click the Animations tab, click the More arrow inside the Animation gallery, and click the Lines motion path:

line motion path

Once a motion path has been applied, it will immediately be previewed. In this example, you can see that the default setting for the motion path takes the image too far down the slide, clipping the bottom of the image:

motion path previewed

To edit a motion path, you first need to select it. It may be hard to see, but it looks like a dashed line with a green and red handle at either end. Click on it to select it:

locate motion path

The green handle identifies the start position of the animation, while the red handle marks the end position. For this example, you need to change the end position, so click and drag the red handle upwards:

indentify handle position

As you drag this handle, you will see a transparent preview of where the image will appear at the end of the animation. Move the end position of this animation so that it appears within the boundaries of the current slide, but so there is room for the underlying text:

preview of image appearance

Release your cursor when the image is properly positioned to finish editing the motion path. Click Animations → Preview:

release cursor to finish edit

If necessary, continue editing the motion path until the animation is in the correct place.

The animation will now move lower in the slide without cutting the image off. In addition, there is enough room for the underlying text to be displayed:

animation movement

Setting Start Options

You can also control when animations play. To start, you first need to select the object that has an animation applied to it.

For this example, select the image on the second slide of the sample presentation:

select animation play

Next, click Animations → Start:

select animation start

The options in this drop-down menu include On Click, With Previous, and After Previous:

drop down menu options

On Click, which is the default setting, will start the animation after a mouse click. With Previous will trigger this animation at the same time as the previous one. After Previous, on the other hand, will trigger this animation after the previous one is complete.

Modifying Duration and Delay

You can control the duration and delay of an animation by first selecting the animated object. For this example, select the image on slide two:

change animation duration

The options to control the duration and delay of an animation can be found within the Timing group of the Animations tab:

timing group on animation tab

The Duration increment box controls the length of time the animation will run, while Delay controls the delay between the start action and the animation starting. Increase the duration to five seconds:

control animation time with duration box

See how this new change will affect the animation by clicking Animations → Preview:

new changes applied

As you can see, the animation is much slower now.

See Advanced Animation Techniques, Part Three


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