Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 9: Animating Your Slides
Animating Your Slides
In This Chapter
Creating slide transitions
Animating text
Working with custom animations
Setting animation timings
Creating jiggle text
If you plan to run your presentation on your computer’s screen or on a
computer projector, you can use (or abuse) a bagful of exciting onscreen
PowerPoint animations. The audience members probably won’t be fooled
into thinking that you hired Disney to create your slides, but they’ll
be impressed all the same. Animations are just one more example
of how PowerPoint can make even the dullest content look
This chapter begins with slide transitions, which are
not technically animations because they don’t involve
movement of individual items on a slide. However,
slide transitions are usually used in concert with
animations to create presentations that are as
much fun to watch as they are informative.
Using Slide Transitions
A transition is how PowerPoint gets from one slide to the
next during an onscreen slide show. The normal way to
segue from slide to slide is simply cutting to the new slide —
effective, yes, but also boring. PowerPoint enables you to assign
any of the more than 50 different special effects to each slide transition. For
example, you can have the next slide scoot over the top of the current slide
from any direction, or you can have the current slide scoot off the screen in
any direction to reveal the next slide. You can have slides fade out, dissolve
into each other, open up like Venetian blinds, or spin in like spokes on a wheel.
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