By: Geetesh Bajaj
Last Updated: September 3, 2011
07/23/2014 02:32 AM
Motion Path animations determine the route (path) and the direction in which the animated slide object moves across or around on the slide. When you add a motion path animation to an object, you see the path as a dotted line with two arrow heads. Additionally, PowerPoint 2013 sports the new faded preview of the animated slide object at the end point of the motion path. The benefit of this faded preview of the end position is that you know exactly where the slide object will stop once the animation concludes.
07/23/2014 01:52 AM
Once you add an animation to any slide object, you can play the animation in Slide Show view by clicking your mouse cursor or pressing the spacebar on your keyboard. Another option is to use a button on a presentation remote -- each of these options advances one animation at a time, or may even take you to the subsequent slide. While this approach works for slides that have an animation or two, you will quickly realize that this is certainly not the way to go if your slides have tens of animations, or more. If you add that many animations to any slide, you probably want your animations to be automatically sequenced and play one after the other without a click -- that's exactly where PowerPoint's animation events can help.
07/22/2014 01:06 AM
While working with Motion Paths, especially after drawing a Custom Motion Path to animate your slide object, you may feel that the path drawn is not very smooth. Or you may have used one of the preset Motion Paths to animate your slide object, and now you want to make some changes. Maybe you want to extend the path, or use smoother corners rather than the default pointed ones. Since Motion Paths are essentially lines drawn in PowerPoint, you can always edit them using the Edit Points option, and reorient them as required.
07/21/2014 12:08 AM
In PowerPoint, animating table components is not possible unless you ungroup the table. Once your table is ungrouped, you can animate the ungrouped table components as you wish. However, for those of you who don't want to ungroup your table, there is another workaround where you don't actually apply any animation to the table components, but when you play the slide containing the table, it looks like your table components are animating!
07/20/2014 11:49 PM
When most people use Motion Path animations, the feature they probably use the least is locking and unlocking the Motion Paths. Why is that so? Probably because these options are not too well documented or even intuitive. However, it's good to know more about these options since locking and unlocking Motion Paths can help you create better animations.
07/17/2014 09:51 PM
Motion paths are essentially the paths (or lines) through which slide objects animate. These motion paths are just like any other line with curves, points, etc. If you are familiar with the drawing tools in PowerPoint (Line, Curve, Scribble, and Freeform), you know that paths can be either open or closed. A circle is a good example of a closed path, whereas an arc is an open path. So, how is the concept of open and closed paths relevant to Motion Path animations in PowerPoint?
07/16/2014 11:53 PM
Applying a Preset Motion Path or even drawing your own Custom Motion Path is not the high end of Motion Path excellence. There are several other tricks that can help you become a better PowerPoint animator. The simplest Motion Path trick is to reverse them! This option is very helpful if you want an object to animate using a Motion Path, and then animate it again from the end of the motion path to the beginning!
07/15/2014 10:03 PM
If none of the preset Motion Paths suit your needs, or if you cannot easily edit them to the way you want, you can easily create your own motion paths. In this tutorial you will learn how to use PowerPoint's Custom Path option to create your own motion path.
07/15/2014 12:55 AM
Animating table components is something that you cannot do in PowerPoint. You can either set to animate the entire table at a time, or can't animate it at all. The solution is to first ungroup the table using the workaround explained in our Ungroup a Table in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorial and then animate the ungrouped components as required.
07/15/2014 12:48 AM
Motion Path animations in PowerPoint enable you to make any slide object move within or outside the slide, and also make it move around on the slide in a particular path! PowerPoint provides dozens of Motion Path presets, in every shape that you can imagine. To add a Motion Path animation to any object on a PowerPoint slide, follow these steps.
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