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07/29/2014 11:08 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Animate Text

There's more to text animation than just adding some movement to your selected text. By default, when you animate a text placeholder or text box, all the text contained animates at one go unless your text content is within a bulleted or numbered list -- in that case, all text animates as sequenced paragraphs. Even then, the animation is sequenced to first level paragraphs (first level bullets) -- and any sub-bullet levels contained in your text placeholders or text boxes animate along with the parent level.


07/29/2014 09:12 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Animate Charts

We have already explored how you can animate any slide object, and then tweak the animation speed and animation events. Although you add animation to a chart in the same way as you animate any other object, PowerPoint provides some extra animation options that are applicable only to charts. For example, you can animate series and categories individually as required. If your example chart is a column chart, then you can individually control the animation of every single column!


07/29/2014 03:52 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Re-Order Animations

By default, animation effects are numbered in the order in which they are applied to slide objects. You might need to re-order your animations mainly because you may have more than one animated object on a slide, and re-sequencing of animations as they happen in relation to each other may provide a better result. Or you may just want some animations to happen before the others. Also, there are logical reasons to re-order animations since typically entrance and exit animations need to be the first and last animations for any slide object. PowerPoint's Re-Order options for animations lets you play with their sequencing.


07/28/2014 10:03 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Removing an Animation

Removing an animation in PowerPoint is a simple select-and-click option, but even before you remove any animation, do ascertain why you want to remove it. Here are some obvious scenarios to explore before removing animations.


07/24/2014 02:58 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Animation Speed

After you add an animation to a selected slide object, you typically set an animation event. Another animation property you can set thereafter is the speed of the animation. Every animation you add within PowerPoint 2013 has a fixed, default speed. This speed essentially is a duration shown in seconds or part thereof, and differs from animation to animation. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second (00.50) whereas for the Wheel animation, it is two seconds (02.00).


07/23/2014 02:32 AM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Position Previews for Motion Path Animations

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

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Animation Events

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

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Edit Points in Motion Paths

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

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Fake Animate Tables

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

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Lock and Unlock Motion Paths

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.


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