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PowerPoint Animation: Gears Again

PowerPoint Animation: Gears AgainAfter the success of our Animated Gears, the first series, we are happy to bring you a new set of animated Gears. We call this one Animated Gears Again! Like the earlier series, these come in both animated & non animated versions. The time-consuming process of using Gears and animating them in PowerPoint is now made easy again.

Download and use these Animated Gears

PowerPoint Shapes: Stars 03

PowerPoint Shapes: StarsSimilar to our Stars 01 and Stars 02 series, these combine-and-use star symbols are already colored using popular colors - and since they are native PowerPoint objects, you can change their fills, lines, and effects.

All the stars are contained within several sample presentations you can download.

Download and use these star shapes

Does PowerPoint really have such a Power?

Miguel Monteiro Isn't it a fact that presentations are getting more and more important in the world of business communications? And the quantity of presentations taking place worldwide every day is probably innumerable. At the same time, following this trend, we do see a multiplication of tools available to facilitate presenters' lives. Oddly, the most common of these tools, being by far the most efficient, is also the most unjustifiably and dumbly criticized: PowerPoint!

Read more in this post by Miguel Monteiro

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Adjust the Chart Gap Width
The Gap width within a chart is the space between two categories. We created the chart you see here within PowerPoint 2013 -- it's a Clustered Column chart type, and the gap width here is set to 219% of the width of individual Data Series (columns). We now want to alter this gap width.
Adding Animation
PowerPoint allows you to animate any slide object that can be selected on your slide. Such objects include pictures, shapes, text, bulleted lists, SmartArt graphics, charts, etc. You can tweak the way objects on your slides appear, move, and disappear only after adding animation to the particular slide object.
Types of Animation
Adding animation to your slide objects is easy, but begs for some thought process -- you should decide what type of animation works best. The type of animation used for any object is paramount because it can make the end effect viable, or relegate it to a distraction. In this tutorial, let us get started with showing you how many types of animations are available within PowerPoint 2013. When we say "many types", we do not mean the animation effects themselves, but the categories in which these Animation effects are divided.
Ungroup a Table
Tables are essentially a group of cells arranged in a proper way. So typically you would expect that ungrouping a table into individual cells should be a piece of cake, right? Nothing can be further from that! Before we explore ways to ungroup a table, let us understand why you would want to ungroup a table in the first place. One of the main reasons why you may consider ungrouping a Table within PowerPoint is to animate it segment by segment. In all PowerPoint versions, either the entire table can be animated -- or nothing! The workaround is to ungroup the table so that your table gets converted into a bunch of individual shapes, and you can animate every individual shape as you want. So let us look at some ideas to understand ungrouping Tables better.
Entrance Animations
Among the several types of animations that PowerPoint 2013 provides, Entrance Effects are probably the most popular. By applying Entrance Effect animations, you can make your hitherto invisible slide object appear on the slide almost magically! You make them appear in the fraction of a second, or get them to fly in from any direction. You can also do a zoom in, or even better, just make it subtle with a simple fade in. Whatever Entrance Effects animation you choose, make sure to go for something that is in sync with the subject of your presentation.
Using the Invert if Negative Option within Charts
If your chart has negative value then PowerPoint by default uses the same fill color for negative values in any chart. You can override this nature with the Invert if Negative option that we mentioned towards the end of the Changing Fills and Outlines of Chart Elements tutorial.
Changing Color for Negative Data Series within Charts
In PowerPoint charts, when you choose to invert the fill for any negative option in a series of a chart, you end up seeing those negative series in the default white color. This is not a great option if your slide background is white or if you want negative series to show in red. In this tutorial, let us explore how to get over this limitation in PowerPoint 2013 using a workaround.
Emphasis Animations
Emphasis Effect animations determine how the slide object calls attention to itself while it is on-the-slide. Entrance and Exit effect animations allow a slide object to enter or exit the slide area, whereas slide objects with Emphasis Effect animations are already there on the slide area before they start animating, and will be there even after they have finished animating. Typical Emphasis Effects are Spin and Grow/Shrink. You can also apply Emphasis Effect animations to text objects so that the fonts or the text colors change.
Exit Animations
Exit Effects determine how the animated slide object leaves the slide area. For example, the slide object can fade or fly out the screen area, or use any of the many other Exit Effects available within PowerPoint. Typical Exit Effect animations are Disappear, in which an object just vanishes or Float Down, in which a slide object mimics the setting sun. You can also apply Exit Effects to text objects so that words Spiral out of the slide. There are plenty of Exit Effect animations that PowerPoint provides -- however, make sure you use animation sparingly to emphasize rather than to distract.
Vary Colors by Point Option for Charts
When a Column chart in PowerPoint contains only one Data Series and several Categories, then, by default the individual chart columns may use the same fill color. If your chart uses the same colored series in all of the categories, it can make your chart look dull (see Figure 2 later on this page) -- it also does not provide a proper way for your audience to compare elements within the individual series.

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Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book: PowerPoint 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, and 2003

Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences for PowerPoint

Getting your PowerPoint tasks done quicker is just one of the benefits you will gain by using keyboard shortcuts and sequences.

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