Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adjusting Effect Options
For a slide that has multiple animations, select the one you want to change by
clicking its animation number. When you do, PowerPoint highlights the relevant effect in
the Animations tab’s gallery. Check to make sure you’re changing the correct
animation, and then select its replacement.
Tip: As your animations grow more complex, with animation numbers crowding the slide, use the
Animation pane to find and change a particular animation. Page 648 shows how to navigate the Animation pane.
Adjusting Effect Options
After you’ve animated an object, you can fine-tune it by applying Effect Options.
Select the object and click Animations ➝ Effect Options (Alt, A, O). The options you
see here depend on the kind of animation you’re working with. For example, if you’re
having the object enter by wiping or flying in, the Effect Options button lets you
choose the direction of the object’s movement. If you’ve chosen an animation that
uses color, Effect Options let you select the color. Click the Effect Options button to
see your choices for tweaking the animation you’ve applied.
Tip: Good news, animation fans! PowerPoint 2010 debuts Animation Painter, a feature that’s been
on a lot of people’s wish lists for a long time. If you have several objects that you want to animate
in the same way, set up the animation for one object, and then use the Animation Painter to apply
that same animation to other objects. Select the object whose animation you want to copy and click
Animations➝Animation Painter (Alt, A, AP). The mouse pointer becomes an arrow with a paintbrush.
Click another object, and Animation Painter applies the animation to it.
To apply the same formatting to several objects, double-click the Animation Painter button, which leaves
it turned on as you click different objects on the slide. When you’re done applying formatting, click the
button again to turn it off.
Adding sound to an animation
There’s no button for adding a sound to an animation on the ribbon. Instead, if you
want to play a sound when the animation occurs, apply the animation first, and then
open a dialog box that shows extra effect options:
1. Selecttheanimationyou’readdingasoundto,andthenclickAnimations ➝
ShowAdditionalEffectOptions (it’s thepop-outbutton in theAnimations
The Effect Options dialog box for the specified effect opens (the actual name of
the box reflects the kind of animation you’re working with). Figure 23-12 shows
effect options for a Fade animation.
If you want, use the Volume button to the list’s right to make the sound louder
or softer. (If you don’t want to play animation sounds for a particular
presentation, you can also mute an animation sound here without removing it.)