Use sample animations in your presentation

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Introduction to sample animation effects

The most popular animation (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.) effects that you can use in your Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentations include entrance, exit, and sound effects applied to individual bullets of text, and motion paths (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.) applied to objects (object: A table, chart, graphic, equation, or other form of information. Objects created in one application, for example spreadsheets, and linked or embedded in another application are OLE objects.).

 Notes 

  • For more information about animation effects, or for procedures about how to apply a built-in animation effect to one or more slides, see Animate text or objects.
  • For more information about adding transitions between slides, including the different types that are available and how to add sound to slide transitions, see Add transitions between slides.

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Apply entrance and exit animation effects to bullets of text

Use the steps below to add entrance and exit animation effects to bullets of text, select the trigger event that puts the effects in motion, and set the speed and direction for the motion of the effects.

 Tip   You can apply the steps in these procedures to objects as well. Instead of selecting text, select the object that you want to animate.

Apply an entrance animation effect

  1. Select the first bullet of text that you want to add an entrance animation effect to.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.
  3. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, point to Entrance, and then click Fly In.

Fly a bullet of text onto a slide

  1. To specify the settings for the fly-in effect, under Modify: Fly In, do the following:
    • To specify how and when the fly-in effect will start, in the Start list, select On Click.
    • To specify the direction from which the bullet of text will start, in the Direction list, select From Left.
    • To specify the speed of the bullet of text, in the Speed list, select Very Fast.
  2. Repeat steps 1 through 4 for each bullet of text that you want to add this entrance animation effect to.
  3. To verify that your animation effects work the way you want them to, see the section entitled Test your animation effects, later in this topic.

 Note   Effects appear in the Custom Animation list in the order that you add them.

Apply an exit animation effect

After adding an entrance effect to two bullets of text, your slide and the Custom Animation task pane looks something like this.

You're ready to add exit animation effects

  1. Select the first bullet of text that you want to add an exit animation effect to.
  2. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, point to Exit, and then click More effects.

 Note   If you do not see the Custom Animation task pane, on the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.

  1. In the Add Exit Effect dialog box, under Subtle, click Faded Swivel, and then click OK.

Apply the 'Faded Swivel' exit effect

  1. To specify the settings for the exit effect, under Modify: Faded Swivel, do the following:
    • To specify how and when the exit effect will disappear by using the faded swivel pattern, in the Start list, select On Click.
    • To specify the speed at which the bullet of text disappears, in the Speed list, select Medium.
  2. Select the second bullet of text that you want to add an exit animation effect to.
  3. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, point to Exit, and then click Checkerboard.
  4. To specify the settings for the exit effect, under Modify: Checkerboard, do the following:
    • To specify when the exit effect will disappear using the checkerboard pattern, in the Start list, select After Previous.

       Note   By choosing After Previous, the second bullet will disappear immediately after the first bullet disappears.

    • To specify the direction the exit effect will take using the checkerboard pattern, in the Direction list, select From Left.
    • To specify the speed at which the bullet of text disappears, in the Speed list, select Very Fast.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 7 for each bullet of text that you want to add this exit animation effect to.
  6. Test the animation effect.

 Note   Effects appear in the Custom Animation list in the order that you add them.

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Apply sound effects to bullets of text

Use the steps below to apply sound effects to the bullets of text that you added animation effects to. To start, your slide looks something like this.

Slide contains 'entrance' and 'exit' animation affects

And the Custom Animation task pane looks something like this.

Custom Animation pane showing 'entrance' and 'exit' animation effects

Do the following:

  1. In the Custom Animation task pane, in the Custom Animation list, click the arrow to the right of the animation effect applied to the first bullet of text, and then click Effect Options.

Effect Options

  1. On the Effect tab, under Enhancements, in the Sound list, do one of the following:
    • Select a sound.
    • To add a sound from a file, select Other Sound, and then locate the sound file that you want to use.
  2. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each bullet of text that you want to add a sound effect to.
  3. Test the animation effect.

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Apply a motion path to an object

 Important   Before you apply a motion path (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.) to an object, you need to add the object, such as a picture or clip art, to a slide by using clip art (clip art: A single piece of ready-made art, often appearing as a bitmap or a combination of drawn shapes.) from the Microsoft Clip Organizer. Choose clip art or a picture that has a transparent (transparency: The quality that defines how much light passes through an object's pixels. If an object is 100 percent transparent, light passes through it completely and renders the object invisible; in other words, you can see through the object.) background, because when you apply the motion path, the clip art appears (without a background) to be moving across the slide as a single object.

To apply an animation effect to a SmartArt graphic, see Animate your SmartArt graphic.

  1. After you add the object to the slide, drag it to the location on the slide where you want the object to start moving from.
  2. Click the object.
  3. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.
  4. In the Custom Animation task pane, click Add Effect, point to Motion Paths, point to Draw Custom Path, and then click Scribble.

 Note   The pointer becomes a pen.

  1. Starting at the clip art or other object, draw the path that you want your object to follow on the slide, and then click where the object should stop moving.
  2. Test the animation effect.

Drawing motion path

Callout 1 
The clip art object with the fourth animation effect applied to it
Callout 2 
The motion path
Callout 3 
The entrance animation effect applied to the first bullet of text
Callout 4 
The exit animation effect applied to the first bullet of text
Callout 5 
The entrance animation effect applied to the second bullet of text
Callout 6 
The exit animation effect applied to the second bullet of text

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Test your animation effects

After you add one or more animation effects, to make sure that they work, click Play at the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane.

Testing your animation effects

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007