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Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2010 -- Edit Points

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP

Date Created: July 26th 2012
Last Updated: July 26th 2012


Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to edit the motion paths with the help of Edit Points in PowerPoint 2010.






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. In Figure 1 below, you can see that a custom motion path was drawn to animate a Star shape. Drawing with a mouse typically does result in paths that don't look too good!

Custom Motion Path applied to a Start shape needs to be edited
Figure 1: Custom Motion Path applied to a Start shape needs to be edited

Since Motion Paths are essentially lines drawn in PowerPoint, you can always edit them using the Edit Points option, and reorient them as required. Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Open your presentation and add a shape or any other slide object to a blank slide, Now, apply a Motion Path animation to it -- refer to our Adding a Motion Path or Drawing a Custom Motion Path tutorials to get started.

  2. At this time, the Animations tab of the Ribbon should be active. On the slide itself, you'll see the Motion Path, represented by a dashed line -- you can now select the motion path by clicking on the dashed line. Once selected, you will see selection handles on Motion Path, as clearly visible in Figure 2. A straight line Motion Path may show just 2 selection handles, while any other Motion Path will show 8 selection handles. For the rest of this tutorial, you must have a Motion Path that shows eight handles when selected -- otherwise any of the options we explain hereafter will not work for you.

    Right-click the selected motion path carefully to bring up a contextual menu with three options, as shown in Figure 2 -- choose the Edit Points option.

    Edit Points option to be selected
    Figure 2: Edit Points option to be selected

  3. This activates the Edit Points mode, showing a number of vertexes (small black squared points) along the motion path, as shown in Figure 3.

    Motion Path in Edit Points mode, with point editing options
    Figure 3: Motion Path in Edit Points mode, with point editing options

    Let us first explore how you will edit any of these vertexes -- we will thereafter explore how you edit segments, the line area between two vertexes.

  4. Click on any vertex to select it. Then, right-click to bring a contextual menu with options categorized into three sections. Let us explore the options within these sections, as marked in Figure 3, above.

    1. The Add Point option adds a new point (vertex) at the cursor position, and the Delete Point option deletes the selected point. To learn more about these options explore our Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) tutorial. While that tutorial discusses editing vertexes on shapes, a motion path is also essentially a shape that you can edit the same way.

      The Close Path option closes any open Motion Path by connecting its starting and end points with a new line segment. However, if your Motion Path is already closed, you will see the Open Path option instead of the Close Path option, as shown in Figure 4.
      Closed motion path can be turned into an Open Path
      Figure 4: Closed motion path can be turned into an Open Path

      Selecting the Open Path option will result in your closed motion path being opened at the exact point you clicked. Notice that the same motion path you last saw in Figure 4 now has both green and red arrow heads, as you can see in Figure 5.
      Change from a closed to an open motion path
      Figure 5: Change from a closed to an open motion path

      You can actually select any of the ends and drag them off to another location,as shown in Figure 6, below.

      Starting and End points of the opened motion path repositioned
      Figure 6: Starting and End points of the opened motion path repositioned

      You can learn more about Open Path and Close Path options in our Edit Points: Open and Close Paths tutorial.

    2. Auto Point, Smooth Point, Straight Point, and Corner Point are the various types of vertexes that help you to change the look of your Motion Paths. You can learn more about these various points in our Types of Points (Vertexes) tutorial.

    3. Click the Exit Edit Points option to leave the Edit Points mode.

  5. In Edit Points mode, you can also edit the line segments (line connecting two vertexes) in your Motion Path. To do that, make sure you are in Edit Points mode, and right-click on any line segment to bring up a contextual menu with line segment editing options, as shown in Figure 7.
    Motion Path in Edit Points mode with line segment editing options
    Figure 7: Motion Path in Edit Points mode with line segment editing options

    Let us explore these line segment editing options as marked in Figure 7, above:

    1. Add Point option adds a new vertex at the cursor position on the line segment. Close Path option closes the open Motion Paths by joining its starting and end point with a line segment. But, if your Motion Path is already closed, you will see the Open Path option in the place of Close Path option as shown in Figure 8.
      Line segment editing options
      Figure 8: Line segment editing options

      At this point, if you select the Open Path option, your closed motion path will be opened at the vertex which is located just before this selected line segment in the motion path. Notice that the same motion path you last saw in Figure 8 now has both green and red arrow heads, as you can see in Figure 9.
      Open your motion path
      Figure 9: Open your motion path

      On the other hand, you can get rid of the segment altogether as well. In the same contextual menu, that you saw in Figure 8, you will also find the Delete Segment option. Notice that this option is grayed out for Open Paths, as can be seen in Figure 7, earlier on this page. Choosing the Delete Segment option removes the segment entirely, and thus results in a path that no longer includes the deleted segment, as shown in Figure 10, below.
      Selected segment deleted from the motion path
      Figure 10: Selected segment deleted from the motion path

    2. Straight Segment and Curved Segment options change the look of the selected line segment making it straight or curvy. To learn more about these options, read our Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments tutorial.

    3. Click the Exit Edit Points option to leave the Edit Points mode.

  6. Edit the vertexes and line segments as required to fine-tune the Motion Path. In Figure 11 below, you can see our motion path, after we fine-tuned it. Compare Figures 1 and 11 to see the difference.
    Custom Motion Path fine-tuned in Edit Points mode
    Figure 11: Custom Motion Path fine-tuned in Edit Points mode

  7. Once you are happy with the results, save your presentation.

See Also:

Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- Edit Points
Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac -- Edit Points

 

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