Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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■ After Previous. The animation occurs after the previous animation event has
ﬁ nished occurring. If there is no previous event, the animation occurs after the
appearance of the slide itself.
The difference between those two settings is subtle because most animation events are
very short in duration. However, if an event is set to After Previous and the previous event
takes a long time to execute, the difference may be more noticeable.
You can also set a delay for the animation (Animations
Delay). This delays the
animation’s start for a speciﬁ ed number of seconds after the previous event.
The Duration setting (Animations
Duration) controls the speed at which the
animation occurs. The higher the duration setting, the slower it will execute.
For even more control over the timing, right-click the animation event in the Animation
pane and choose Timing. Then set timing options in the dialog box that appears. All the
same options are available as on the Animations task pane, plus a Repeat option is avail-
able that repeats the animation a certain number of times. There is also a Triggers set of
options, which you’ll learn about in the section “Setting Animation Event Triggers” later in
Another minor difference between the dialog box and the Animations tab methods is that
for Duration, the dialog box uses a drop-down list of presets, ranging from 0.5 seconds
(Very Fast) to 5 seconds (Very Slow). You have to select one of the presets; you can’t enter a
precise amount. In contrast, the Duration setting on the Animations tab is a numeric text
box in which you can enter any value you want.
The Animation Painter is a very handy feature that enables you to copy an animation
effect from one object to another. To use it, follow these steps:
1. Select the object that is already animated the way you want.
2. Choose Animations
3. Click the object on which to paint the animation. (You can navigate to a differ-
ent slide before doing this.) That object’s animation changes to match that of the
object you selected in Step 1.
Special Options for Text Animation
When you are animating the text in a text box, some extra options become available,
described in the following sections.
Changing the Grouping Level
You can choose the grouping that you want to animate. The grouping level is the detail level
at which separate animations occur. Suppose, for example, that you have three levels of