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PowerPoint 2007 - Animating Text and Images

Adding Animation | Custom Animation | Reordering Animations | Removing Animations

Slide animations, when used properly, can add some flair to your presentation. You can use animations to make your text and images appear on the screen dramatically or to make smooth transitions between slides and topics.

Note: Keep in mind that they key to using animations effectively is to use them in moderation! Too many animations will distract your audience. See PowerPoint Dos and Don'ts for more tips.


Adding Animation to Slides

PowerPoint 07 provides preset animations to allow you to easily add animations to any object on your slide. This includes text, images, clipart, charts and SmartArt.

While the preset options PowerPoint provides are quick and easy, we strongly recommend using the custom animation options which allow you more control over the animations (see below).Animate

  1. Click on the object or text box you wish to animate to select it (hold down the Ctrl button while clicking to select more than one).
  2. In the Animations tab under the Animations group, select an option from the Animate pull-down list. As you hover your mouse over each choice PowerPoint will preview the effect on your slide.
    Hint: The options available in the pull-down menu will differ depending on what type of object you are animating. The image on the left shows the options available for
  3. Repeat for any other slides or objects you wish to animate.

Remember that animations will be applied only to the object or the text box selected. If you wish to have the same effect applied across several slides you will have to add them to each.


Custom Animations

Using custom animations allows you to have more control over your animations.

Custom Animations pane
  1. Click on the object or text box you wish to animate to select it (hold down the Ctrl button while clicking to select more than one).
  2. In the Animations tab under the Animations group click on the Custom 
Animation button button.
  3. The Custom Animation pane opens
  4. From the Add Effect drop-down menu choose the kind of effect you want (Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, Motion Paths) and then the animation itself. The drop-down list shows only a few possibilities, so choose More Effects... for more options.

    Custom Animations - Add Effect

  5. To customize the speed, properties and timing of your animation, either click on the effect you wish to modify on the Custom Animation Pane.
    Note: If you want to customize the effects on individual list items, see below.
  6. Once you have the animation you would like to modify selected, use the options in the Modify: [Effect] section of the Custom Animation Pane. These options will change depending on the effect selected.
    Note: If PowerPoint is not showing you a preview of your animation, make sure the AutoPreview box is checked.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 for as many animations as you would like to add.
    Hint: If the button on the Custom Animation Pane says "Change" instead of "Add Effect" click outside the object to deselect it and then click on it again.


Selecting Individual Animations in a List

You can also customize the animations for individual items on a list, rather than modifying the list as a while. But use this option sparingly, as too many different effects will distract your audience!

To choose an individual effect, you have a couple options:

  1. Click on the effect you wish to modify on the Custom Animation Pane. If there is a blue bar beneath it like this: Expand click on it to expand the contents.
  2. On the slide itself, beside your list will be numbers. Click on the number for the list item/animation you wish to edit. There may be several numbers next to the item, depending on how many


Reordering Animations

On occasion you may want to change the order in which your animations appear. The Custom Animation pane lists all the animations on the slide you are currently viewing.

  1. Select the slide you wish to change.
  2. If the Custom Animations pane is not visible, click on the Custom Animation button button in the Animations group on the Animations tab.
  3. From the Modify: [Effect] list, select the effect you want to move.
  4. Click and drag the effect to the desired place in the list.
  5. Release the mouse when the effect is where you want it.


Removing Animations

Animations can be removed all at once using the Animations group or one at a time by using the Custom Animations pane.

Animations group (remove all at once)

  1. Select the slide with the animation you would like to remove.
  2. Select the object from which you want to remove the animation.
  3. In the Animations tab under the Animations group click on the Animate pull-down menu and select No Animation.

Custom Animation Pane (remove one by one)

  1. Select the slide with the animation you would like to remove.
  2. If the Custom Animations pane is not visible, click on the Custom Animation button button in the Animations group on the Animations tab.
  3. In the Modify: [Effect] list select the animation to be removed.
  4. Click Remove.



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