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Animation: A First Look
Animation: A First Look
The Animations tab provides many settings and shortcuts for creating animation events.
An event is an animation occurrence, such as an object entering or exiting the slide. An
event can also consist of an object on the slide moving around in some way (spinning,
growing, changing color, and so on).
Each animation event appears as a separate entry in the Animation pane. You can display
or hide the Animation pane by choosing Animations
Advanced Animation
Animation
Pane at any time.
When you animate bulleted lists and certain other types of text groupings, the associated
events may be collapsed or expanded in the Animation pane. For example, in Figure 16.5,
an animated bulleted list’s events are collapsed.
Notice the following in Figure 16.5:
The text box containing the bulleted list is named Rectangle 3. PowerPoint consid-
ers a text box a shape, and by default text boxes are rectangular.
It has a green star on it. Green means entrance; this is an entrance effect. (Yellow
means emphasis, and red means an exit effect.) A line instead of a star means it is
a motion path (covered later in this chapter).
It has a double down-pointing arrow below it. That indicates that there are col-
lapsed animation events beneath it.
FIGURE 16.5
The animation events for a bulleted list are collapsed.
Green star indicates
an entrance effect.
Arrow indicates more
events are collapsed.
To assign meaningful names to slide objects so it’s easier to tell what you are working with when animating, choose
Home
Editing
Select
Selection Pane. Then in that pane, you can edit each object’s name.
In Figure 16.6, the events are expanded. To expand or collapse a group of events, click the
double up-pointing or down-pointing arrow. Notice that each bulleted list item on the slide
 
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