About timing animations

When you add animations (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.) to your slides, you have a variety of timing options available to ensure that every piece flows smoothly and looks professional. Set up your custom animations or adjust the preset animation schemes (animation scheme: Adds preset visual effects to text on slides. Ranging from subtle to exciting, each scheme usually includes an effect for the slide title and an effect that is applied to bullets or paragraphs on a slide.) you have applied with options for start times (including delays), triggers (animation trigger: An animation option that can be set so that the animation plays when a specified item is clicked.), speed or duration, looping (repeating), and automatic rewind.

Custom Animation listview with timeline

Callout 1 Title of animated item, based on text used on the slide.

Callout 2 Time blocks and moving timeline; only visible when you preview animations.

Callout 3 Indicates seconds and includes zooming options and a scrollbar; only visible when Advanced Timeline is shown.

You can change the order of an animation or groups of animation sequences by selecting the item in the Custom Animation list (Custom Animation list: The list of animation sequences for a slide. Items are listed in the order in which they are added, and include icons that indicate timing in relation to other animation events.) and dragging it to a new location in the list. The expand or collapse arrows let you see sequences within each item and move them within or outside of the item. The arrow on a selected list item displays a menu with options such as Timing and Effects. When you preview animations on the slide, a small timeline appears at the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), illustrating the timing for each animation in seconds.

The Advanced Timeline looks almost the same as the timeline you see when you preview animations. It allows you to edit relative timings for animations by selecting the item from the Custom Animation list and then dragging the timeline marker.

Custom Animation advanced timeline

Callout 1 Timeline marker, which only appears with the Advanced Timeline.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003