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Creating a Motion Path
Animating Objects
Creating a Motion Path
A motion path moves an object from one part of the slide to another. So you could
have an object—say a picture or some text—appear in the center of the slide and
then move to the side when the next object appears. Motion paths come in all shapes,
from a straight line or simple arc to spirals, S-curves, waves, figure 8s, and zigzags.
And if you don’t find a predesigned motion path that moves your object in exactly
the way you want, you can choose something close and tweak it as you like.
You apply a motion path to an object the same way you apply any other kind of
animation: Select the object and, from the Animations tab’s animation gallery, select the
motion path you want—you’ve got dozens of options to choose from. PowerPoint
shows you a preview of the path and draws a line to indicate the path on the working
version of the slide, as shown in Figure 23-14.
The motion path arrow has two heads: green to indicate the object’s starting point
and red to show where the object ends up. The line that connects the arrows shows
the shape of the path the object takes.
Figure 23-14:
This motion path
moves the WordArt
downward in a
straight line. The
arrows mark the start
and end points of
the path. The motion
path is the only
animation on this
slide right now, so its
animation number
is 1.
Start arrow
Animation
number
End arrow
Motion path
You can tweak a motion path in these ways:
To change the length of the path, hover your mouse pointer over the motion
path’s red arrow. When the pointer becomes a two-headed arrow, click and drag
to lengthen or shorten the path.
To move the path’s end point, hover over the red arrow to make the pointer a
two-way arrow. Click and drag the red arrowhead to its new location.
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