Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Making Audio Part of Your Presentation
Fashioning your own animation schemes
To fashion your own animation scheme, go to the Animations tab and click
the Animation Pane button. You see the Animation pane, as shown in Figure
4-3. It lists, in order, each animation that occurs on your slide (if animations
occur). Select an element on the slide and follow these general instructions
to animate it:
Click the Add Animation button and choose an animation.
On the Start drop-down list, declare whether the animation begins when
you click your slide (Start On Click), at the same time as the previous
animation (Start With Previous), or after the previous animation (Start
After Previous).
In the Duration box, enter how long you want the animation to last.
In the Delay box, enter a time period to declare how soon after the
previous animation in the Animation pane you want your animation to occur.
Select an animation in the task pane and click a Re-Order button to
change the order in which animations occur, if more than one element is
animated on your slide.
Making Audio Part of Your Presentation
Especially in user-run, kiosk-style presentations, audio can be a welcome
addition. Audio gives presentations an extra dimension. It attracts an
audience. PowerPoint offers two ways to make audio part of a presentation:
As part of slide transitions: A sound is heard as a new slide arrives
on-screen. On the Transitions tab, open the Sound drop-down list and
choose a sound. (See “Showing transitions between slides” earlier in this
On the slide itself: The means of playing audio appears on the slide in
the form of an Audio icon, as shown in Figure 4-4. By moving the mouse
over this icon, you can display audio controls, and you can use these
controls to play audio. You can also make audio play as soon as the
slide arrives on-screen.
Table 4-1 describes the audio files you can use in PowerPoint presentations
and whether each file type is a wave or MIDI sound. To find out what kind of
audio file you’re dealing with, note the file’s three-letter extension; or open
Windows Explorer or Computer, find the sound file, right-click it, and choose
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