Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Stacking Objects
Animating Objects
To make a list enter all at once, animate the list and then select the text box that
contains it. On the Animations tab, click Effect Options (Alt, A, O). In the menu that
opens, find the Sequence section (depending on the animation you’ve chosen, you
may have to scroll down to find it). Select As One Object: PowerPoint “glues” the list
together, treating all its lines as a single object.
Stacking Objects
A slide can easily get crowded, especially when you’ve got a number of different
images or graphics to support five or six different points on a bulleted list. Instead of
trying to cram all the different images onto the slide, you can stack them up. When
a new image enters, it covers the previous one. (Or you can have the previous image
exit as the new one comes on the slide—for example, you can have the new object
fly in from the left while the previous object flies out to the right.) Stacking objects
maximizes your use of slide real estate. And it looks cool, too.
To animate and stack objects, insert the first object (say it’s a photo) onto the slide
and add its animation effects, such as its entrance and exit effects. Then insert the
next photo and apply its animations. Drag the second photo on top of the first; the
new photo will cover the old one. Repeat the process until you’ve animated and
stacked all the photos you plan to use on this slide.
Use the Animations tab (Alt, A) or the Animation pane (Alt, A, C) to reorder and
time animations as necessary. For example, you’ll probably want to time animations
so that the new animation enters as the old one exits.
If you need to change the position of an object in the stack, right-click the object
and select Bring to Front, Bring Forward, Send to Back, or Send Backward. These
options also appear on the contextual Format tabs (Picture Tools | Format; Drawing
Tools | Format; Video Tools | Format; and so on).
Tip: When you’ve got a bunch of objects all stacked up, it can be hard to select and work with an object
at the bottom or in the middle of the pile. In that situation, the Tab key is your friend. Pressing Tab cycles
through all the objects on your slide, selecting them one by one. That way you can find the object you’re
looking for without messing up the stack.
Animating SmartArt Graphics
SmartArt graphics are designed for high impact. You can make them even more
impressive by animating them. Just like a bulleted list, SmartArt can be broken up and
animated in separate segments. So you can serve up a pie chart one slice at a time, for
example, or animate a process diagram to bring its steps to life. Here’s how:
1. Click theSmartArtgraphic to select it.Go to theAnimations tab’sAnima-
tionssection(Alt,A,S)andselecttheanimationyouwanttoapply.
PowerPoint applies the animation and shows you a preview.
 
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