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Understanding Animations and Action Buttons
Understanding Animations and Action Buttons
Animations help you add emphasis to text or an object on a slide. Adding animation to slide
objects causes them to appear on the slide at different times and with special motion. For
example, you might animate a set of bullet points to move onto the screen one at a time. Animations
keep your audience engaged with the presentation, but you should use them sparingly — overusing
animations can make your presentation seem too busy. Action buttons perform an action when
you click them during a slide show. This action might be moving to a particular slide or opening a
different application or file.
What Is Animation?
In PowerPoint, animation refers to object motion
on slides. There are many animations from which to
choose and you can apply several animations to
one object. For example, you can have a ball
bounce onto the slide and then have it spin. There
are three types of animation: An entrance
animation brings an object onto the slide; an exit
animation takes an object off the slide; an
emphasis animation does something to an object
while it is on the slide, such as rotate or spin — it
does not move the object on or off the slide.
How Animations Work
You apply animations to objects one at a time and
one after another. You determine when they run.
You can have them run automatically when the
slide advances, set them to be triggered by the
previous animation, or trigger them manually by
clicking the slide. You can also run the animation
for a particular object by clicking that object. An
animation can be set up to run after a delay, and it
has a duration time that you can change. You can
also arrange the sequence order of animations. This
can all be controlled through the Animation pane.
Let your imagination come alive with animation!
How Action Buttons Work
Action buttons provide interaction, not just action.
You can draw an action button on a slide and then
select the action that occurs when you click the
button during the slide show. For example, clicking
the action button might open a web page or an
external document such as a proposal. The action
button may take you to a different slide or update
a chart with the most recent data. There are
various standard actions that you can assign to an
action button, and if you are advanced enough to
use macros, action buttons can also trigger them.
Preview Animations and Action Buttons
To create a professional presentation, choose
appropriate effects and always make sure they run
properly. Both the Animation pane and the
Animations tab on the ribbon offer a Play button
so you can easily observe the animation at the
click of a command. Previewing the behavior of an
action button is not as easy; you must run the
slide show and click the button to verify its
behavior. Animations and action buttons add
complexity to your slide show, so use them
sparingly and always thoroughly review them
before showing your slide show to an audience.
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