Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- Reversing Motion Paths
Learn how to reverse a Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
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!
Follow these steps to learn how to reverse your Motion Path animations:
- Select the slide object that you want to animate -- you can select any object on a slide although
animation works best on text and shapes.
Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2013. Within the Presentation Gallery, select the Blank Presentation option. PowerPoint will open a new presentation with a Title slide – PowerPoint 2013 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then, insert a shape and select it.
- Apply a motion path animation to the shape. You can
preset Motion Path or
a Custom Motion Path.
select the shape to
which you have applied the Motion Path animation, and you shall be able to see a dashed line representing
the motion path as shown in Figure 1. This dashed line has two arrow heads, one at each end -- the green arrowhead represents the starting point of the motion path whereas the red
arrowhead represents the end point. If your Motion Path is a closed shape such as a circle, both the
green and red arrowheads may overlap.
Figure 1: Shape with a motion path animation applied
- Now, select the motion path by clicking on the dashed line, and right-click carefully to bring up a
contextual menu with three options as shown in Figure 2. Choose the
Reverse Path Direction option (highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Reverse Path Direction option to be selected
- As soon as the Reverse Path Direction option is selected, you'll see a preview of
the reversed animation. Also notice that now the green and red arrowheads have swapped positions, as
shown in Figure 3 (compare Figures 1 and 3).
Figure 3: Swapped arrowheads
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