Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing Your Animation
Figure 9-9: Animating text.
The other controls on this tab let you animate each paragraph automatically
after a certain time interval or display the paragraphs in reverse order.
(David Letterman, if you’re reading this, you can use this feature when you
present your Top Ten lists.)
Timing your animations
Most animations are initiated by mouse clicks. However, you can set up several
animations to activate automatically — in sequence or all at the same time.
To do so, you must use PowerPoint’s Animation Timing features.
The first trick to controlling animation timing is to get the effects listed in the
custom animation list in the correct order. Effects are added to the list in the
order you create them. If you plan carefully, you might be able to create the
effects in the same order that you want to animate them. More likely, you’ll
need to change the order of the effects. Fortunately, you can do that easily
enough by dragging the effects up or down in the Custom Animation task pane.
After you get the effects in the right order, choose an option from the Start
drop-down list that’s near the top of the Custom Animation task pane to set
the Start setting for each effect. This setting has three options:
Start On Click: Starts the effect when you click the mouse or press Enter
Start With Previous: Starts the effect when the effect immediately above
it starts
Use this option to animate two or more objects simultaneously.
Start After Previous: Starts the effect as soon as the preceding effect
finishes
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