Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing Your Animation
After you apply a basic animation, you can use the Effect Options drop-down
list to select one of several variations of the animation. For example, if you
choose the Fly In animation, the Effect Options drop-down list lets you pick
the direction from which the object will fly on to the slide.
Notice that there are several More… menu items at the bottom of the
Animation gallery. You can click any of these buttons to reveal even more
preanimation types.
For more complex animations, you need to use custom animations as
described in the next section, “Customizing Your Animation.”
Customizing Your Animation
Custom animation is the nitty-gritty of PowerPoint animation. Custom
animation is the only way to apply text animation that’s more complicated than the
predefined Fade, Wipe, or Fly In styles of the Animate drop-down list. In
addition to animating text, custom animation lets you animate other objects on
your slides, such as pictures, shapes, and charts.
Understanding custom animation
Before I get into the details of setting up custom animation, you need to
understand some basic concepts. Don’t worry — this won’t get too technical.
But you need to know this stuff before you start creating custom animations.
For starters, you can apply custom animations to any object on a slide,
whether it’s a text placeholder, a drawing object such as an AutoShape or a
text box, or a clip art picture. For text objects, you can apply the animation to
the text object as a whole or to individual paragraphs within the object. You
can also specify whether the effect goes all at once, word by word, or letter
by letter. And you can indicate whether the effect happens automatically or
whether PowerPoint waits for you to click the mouse or press Enter to
initiate the animation.
Custom animation lets you create four basic types of animation effects for
slide objects:
Entrance effect: This is how an object enters the slide. If you don’t
specify an entrance effect, the object starts in whatever position that you
placed it on the slide. If you want to be more creative, though, you can
have objects appear by using any of the 52 different entrance effects,
such as Appear, Blinds, Fade, Descend, Boomerang, Bounce, Sling, and
many others.
Emphasis effect: This effect lets you draw attention to an object that’s
already on the slide. PowerPoint offers 31 different emphasis effects,
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