Animating Text and Objects in PowerPoint 2010

 

Introduction

In PowerPoint you can animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and
pictures. Animation, or movement, on the slide can be used to draw the
audience’s attention to specific content or to make the slide easier to read.

In this lesson, you will learn how to add animation effects to text and objects
and customize them.

Animating Text and Objects
Watch the video to learn about animating text and objects.
The Four Types of Animations
There are many different animation effects that you can choose from, and they are organized into four types:
Entrance: These control how the object enters the slide. For example, with the Bounce animation, the
object will “fall” onto the slide and then bounce several times.

These animations occur while the object is on the slide, often triggered by a mouse click. For
example, you can set an object to Spin when you click the mouse.
Exit: These control how the object exits the slide. For example, with the Fade animation, the object will
simply fade away.
Motion Paths: These are similar to Emphasis effects, except the object moves within the slide along a
pre-determined path, for example a circle.

To Apply an Animation to an Object:
1. Select an object.
2. Click the Animations tab.
3. In the Animation group, click the More drop-down arrow to view the available animations.
Entrance effects
Emphasis effects
Exit effects
Motion Paths
The More drop-down arrow
4. Select the desired animation effect.
5. The object will now have a small number next to it to show that it has an animation. Also, in the Slide pane,
the slide will now have a star symbol next to it.
At the bottom of the menu, you can access even more effects.
Selecting an effect
The number and the star indicate that an effect has been added

Effect Options
Some effects will have options that you can change. For example, with the Fly In effect, you can control which
direction the object comes from. These options can be accessed from the Effect Options command in the
Animation group.

Working with Animations
More animation effects
Viewing the options for the Fly In effect
To Add Multiple Animations to an Object:
If you select a new animation from the the menu in the Animation group, it will replace the object’s current
animation. However, you’ll sometimes want to place more than one animation on an object, for example an
Entrance and an Exit effect. To do this, you’ll need to use the Add Animation command, which will allow you to
keep your current animations while adding new ones.
1. Select the object.
2. Click the Animations tab.
3. In the Advanced Animation group, click the Add Animation command to view the available animations.
4. Select the desired animation effect.
5. If the object has more than one effect, it will have a different number for each effect. The numbers indicate
the order in which the effects will occur.

Adding an additional animation
An object with two animations
To Copy Animations with the Animation Painter:
In some cases, you may want to apply the same effects to more than one object. You can do that by copying the
effects from one object to another using the Animation Painter.
1. Click on the object that has the effects that you want to copy.
2. From the Animations tab, click the Animation Painter command.
3. Click on the object that you want to copy the effects to. The effects will be applied to the object.

To Reorder the Animations:
1. Select the number of the effect that you want to change.
The Animation Painter
command
After copying the effects
2. From the Animations tab, click the Move Earlier or Move Later commands to change the ordering.

To Preview Animations:
Any animation effects that you have applied will show up when you play the slide show. However, you can also
quickly preview the animations for the current slide without viewing the slide show.
1. Navigate to the slide that you want to preview.
2. From the Animations tab, click the Preview command. The animations for the current slide will play.

The Animation Pane
The Animation Pane allows you to view and manage all of the effects that are on the current slide. You can
modify and reorder effects directly from the Animation Pane, which is especially useful when you have a large
number of effects.
To Open the Animation Pane:
1. From the Animations tab, click the Animation Pane command.
Selecting an effect
Moving the effect
later
Previewing the animations
2. The Animation Pane will open on the right side of the window. It will show all of the effects for the current
slide in the order that they will appear.

To Reorder Effects from the Animation Pane:
1. On the Animation Pane, click and drag an effect up or down.
2. The effects will reorder themselves.

Opening the Animation Pane
The Animation Pane
Dragging an effect to change the
order
To Preview Effects from the Animation Pane:
1. From the Animation Pane, click the Play button.
2. The effects for the current slide will play. On the right side of the Animation Pane, you will be able to see a
timeline that shows the progress through each effect.
If the timeline is not visible, click the drop-down arrow for an effect and select Show Advanced Timeline.

To Change an Effect’s Start Option:
By default, an effect starts playing when you click the mouse during a slide show. If you have multiple effects, you
will need to click multiple times to start each effect individually. However, by changing the start option for each
effect, you can have effects that automatically play at the same time or one after the other.
1. From the Animation Pane, select an effect. A drop-down arrow will appear next to the effect.
The Play button
The timeline shows which effect is
playing
2. Click the drop-down arrow. You will see three start options:
Start on Click: This will start the effect when the mouse is clicked.
Start With Previous: This will start the effect at the same time as the previous effect.
Start After Previous: This will start the effect when the previous effect ends.
3. Select the desired start option.
When you preview the animations, all of the effects will play through automatically. To test effects that are set to
Start on Click, you will need to play the slide show.The Effect Options Dialog Box

From the Animation Pane, you can access the Effect Options dialog box, which contains more advanced
options that you can use to fine-tune your animations.
The drop-down arrow for an effect
The three start options
To Open the Effect Options Dialog Box:
1. From the Animation Pane, select an effect. A drop-down arrow will appear next to the effect.
2. Click the drop-down arrow and select Effect Options. The Effect Options dialog box will appear.
3. From here, you can add various enhancements to the effect:
❍ Sound: Adds a sound effect to the animation.
❍ After animation: Changes the color or hides the object after the animation is over.
❍ Animate text: If you are animating text, you can choose to animate it all at once, one word at a
time, or one letter at a time.
Some effects have additional options that you can change. These will vary depending on which effect you have
selected.
To Change the Effect Timing:
1. From the Effect Options dialog box, select the Timing tab.
The Effect Options dialog box
2. From here, you can add a delay before the effect starts, change the duration of the effect, and control
whether or not the effect repeats.
Selecting the Timing tab
Changing the timing options

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