Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring Transitions and Animations
The grid and drawing guides
The grid is an invisible set of horizontal and vertical
lines to which objects — clip-art images, pictures,
and shapes — cling when you move them on a
slide. The grid is meant to help you line up objects
squarely with one another. When you drag an
object, it sticks to the nearest point on the grid.
PowerPoint also offers the drawing guides for
aligning objects. You can drag these vertical
and horizontal lines on-screen and use them to
align objects with precision.
To display the grid and the drawing guides:
Displaying (and hiding) the grid: Press
Shift+F9 or go to the View tab and select
the Gridlines check box.
Displaying (and hiding) the drawing
guides: Press Alt+F9 or go to the View tab
and select the Guides check box.
By default, objects when you move them “snap
to the grid.” That means they objects stick to
the nearest grid line when you move them
across a slide. To control whether objects snap
to the grid, right-click (but not on an object or
frame), choose Grid and Guides, and in the
Grid and Guides dialog box, deselect the Snap
Objects to Grid check box.
Even if the Snap Objects to Grid check box in
the Grid and Guides dialog box is selected, you
can move objects without them snapping to a
gridline by holding down the Alt key while you
Select the Snap Objects to Other Objects check
box if you want shapes to abut each other or
fall along a common axis.
Before you know anything about transitions and animations, you should
know that they can be distracting. The purpose of a presentation is to
communicate with the audience, not display the latest, busiest, most dazzling
presentation technology. For user-run, kiosk-style presentations, however,
eye-catching transitions and animations can be useful because they draw an
audience. (A user-run presentation plays on its own, as I explain in Chapter 5
of this mini-book.) For audiences that enjoy high-tech wizardry, transitions
and animations can be a lot of fun and add to a presentation.
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