Animating text and objects
There are two ways to animate text and objects: Preset Animation and Custom
Animation. Although Preset Animation is relatively simpler, we strongly
recommend Custom Animation because it allows more control over animation.
The instructions below pertain to Custom Animation only.
Click on the slide that you wish to animate and select Slide
Show < Custom Animation (You must be in Normal, Outline,
or Slide View.
In the Custom Animation dialog box, each object is identified in
the Check to animate slide objects list.
(If you don't remember what a particular object is, click the object's
name in the list; that object appears selected in the preview window.
Click in the object's checkbox to animate that object.
On the Effects tab make your entry animation and sound selections.
You may also choose to dim an object after animation (this effect
is particularly useful for emphasizing individual points on bulleted
On the Order and Timing tab arrange the objects in the order that
you want them to appear.
You may also choose the objects to appear on mouse click or automatically.
Do not use the automatic option unless absolutely necessary, as it
is easier to lose control during the presentation.
Use animation sparingly! Too many effects will distract
your audience. Use animation effects to make a point, not to show
Transitions determine the effects applied when you move from one slide
to another during an on-screen presentation.
To choose a transition effect, select Slide
Show < Slide Transition...
Select a transition effect from the drop down menu
Choose the desired transition speed (Fast is always recommended in
order not to lose the audience's attention)
Choose a sound to accompany the transition (optional and NOT recommended)
Advance determines when the current slide proceeds to the next.
On mouse click advances the presentation to the next slide, or
displays the next bullet point, only when you click the mouse.
(You can also use the keyboard arrow keys or the spacebar.)
Automatically after xx seconds, makes the transition xx seconds
after the preceding transition ended. NOTE: Make sure that if you
select Automatically, that you remove the check in On mouse click.
TIP: Use automatic advance only if you are very well
rehearsed and certain that there will be no interruptions whatsoever
during your presentation (such asquestions from the audience or
Choose Apply or Apply to All
TIP: Don't use a different transition on each slide
because your audience's attention should remain focused on you and
the content, not the effects. If you want to use multiple transitions,
a good rule of thumb is to apply a unique transition to each slide
in a specific module of the presentation.