Custom Animation task pane

The following diagrams illustrate how 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.) that you apply to text and objects on a slide appear on the slide and in the Custom Animation task pane.

Custom Animation slide reference

Callout 1 First animation item for a slide. The title for the item in the corresponding 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.) is created with text from the slide.

Button image Animation tag that labels the order in which items are animated. These numbers correspond to items in the list. An ellipsis on the tag indicates that more sequences exist for that item (for example, the second and third animation effects may be contained within the item labeled with 4).

Button image Motion path (motion path: The path that a specified object or text will follow as part of an animation sequence for a slide.) outline. If you draw or apply a motion path, this outline appears in normal view when the Custom Animation task pane is displayed.

Custom Animation task pane list

Button image Custom Animation task pane list.

Button image Each list item represents an animation event and is labeled with part of the text from the item on the slide.

Button image Drop-down menu for a list item. Select a list item to see the menu icon and then click it to reveal the menu.

Button image Icon that represents the type of animation; for example, an Emphasis effect.

Callout 5 Triggers are animation events that are set to play only when a specified object is clicked.

Callout 6 Numbers indicate the order in which animations play and correspond to the labels associated with the animated items in normal view, with the Custom Animation task pane displayed.

Click this to expand the list item to reveal additional sequences for a particular list item. For example, if an entrance effect is applied to a list, and the option to introduce the text by paragraph is selected, then a list item for each paragraph will be included in a collapsed list.

Icon that indicates the timing of the animation event in relation to the other events on the slide. Choices include:

  • Start on click: Animation event begins on click of the mouse on the slide.
  • Start with previous: Animation sequence begins at the same time as the previous item in the list (that is, one click executes 2 animation effects).
  • Start after previous: Animation sequence begins immediately after the previous item in the list if finished playing (that is, no additional click is required to make the next sequence start).
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003