Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Drawing a Custom Motion Path
FIGURE 16.20
You can edit a motion path by dragging the black or white squares that represent its
anchor points.
5. When you are finished editing the path, choose
Edit Points again, or press Esc, or
click away from the path, to turn the editing feature off.
Effect Options
Drawing a Custom Motion Path
If none of the motion paths suit your needs, or if you cannot easily edit them to the way
you want, you can create your own motion path.
A custom motion path works best for paths that consist of one or more straight line segments; if you want a
curved motion path, you are better off starting with one of the motion path presets and then editing its points to
customize it.
To draw a custom motion path for an object, follow these steps:
1. Select the object that you want to animate on the slide.
2. Choose Animations
Advanced Animation
Add Animation and then click
Custom Path from the bottom of the menu.
3. Drag to draw the path on the slide. Here are some hints:
For a line , click at the starting point and then click again at the ending point. The
starting point will have a green arrow, and the ending point will have a red one.
For a series of straight line segments , click for each anchor point that you
want; straight lines will appear between the anchor points. You can also click
and drag to create non-straight lines. Double-click when you are fi nished.
For a scribble , draw on the slide with the mouse button held down. Double-click
when you are fi nished.
4. After drawing the path, edit and fine-tune it as you would any other motion
Animating Parts of a Chart
If you create a chart using PowerPoint’s charting tool, then you can display the chart all
at once or apply a custom animation effect to it. For example, you can make the chart
appear by series (divided by legend entries), by category (divided by X-axis points), or by
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