Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step

Chapter 8: Add sound and movement to slides

Animate this Animations can greatly enrich presentation content. However, incorporating a “dazzling” array of animation effects into a presentation can be distracting or confusing to the audience. Ensure that the time you put into creating an animation has value to you and to your audience members. Consider using animations to provide subliminal information—for example, in a multipart presentation, use one consistent entrance effect for the part opener titles to draw the attention of the audience members and cue them to a change of subject. An excellent use of animation is to create “build slides” that add information in layers and essentially culminate in a review slide. Simple examples of build slides include: ■ ■ A bulleted list that adds one item to the list at a time. For greater impact, display an image related to the current list item, and replace the image as each new list item appears. ■ ■ A pie chart that displays each chart wedge individually, and finishes with the complete pie. Make this even more informative by displaying a detailed breakdown of the chart data for each category as you display its chart wedge. You could achieve these effects by creating series of separate slides, but it’s much simpler to animate the list or chart object. A more difficult but often worthwhile use of slide object animation is to provide a visual image of a process as you describe it. You can narrate the animation in person or, if you’re going to distribute the presentation elec- tronically, you can record the narration and synchronize the animations with the relevant wording. To animate an object on a slide 1. Display the slide in the Slide pane, and select the object that you want to ani- mate, or its container. (For example, if you want to animate the entrance of a bulleted list, select the text box that contains the bulleted list.)


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