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Types of Animation in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: March 21st 2012
Last Updated: April 3rd 2012

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn about the different types of animation available in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.

In one of our previous tutorials, you learned what animation is (and where you should draw the limits as far as animation goes). In this tutorial, let us get started with showing you how many types of animation effects are available within PowerPoint 2010. When we say "many types", we do not mean the animation effects themselves but the several types wherein these effects can be categorized.

All animation in PowerPoint can be divided into four types:

In addition, you also have the concept of trigger animations, where an action on one object triggers an animation on another object -- hence the name Trigger animation. We'll cover Trigger animations in a subsequent tutorial -- for now, let us tell you more about the entrance, emphasis, exit, and motion path animations.

  • Entrance animations are used to introduce a slide object within a slide. If a slide was a room, and you were a slide object -- then an entrance animation will be akin to you entering the room.

  • Emphasis animations are used to animate slide objects that are already present on a slide. Using the same analogy as we used for Entrance animations, you would already be in the room, and would move from one area in the room to another -- this would be akin to an Emphasis animation.

  • Exit animations are used to animate slide objects off a slide. So, if you were a slide object in a room (slide), then you walking out of the room would be akin to an Exit animation.

  • Motion Path animations are similar to Emphasis animations since they are typically used to move slide objects already on a slide. They are different from other animations though since motion path animations cause movement set on a path. This path could be a circle, a line, or anything else.

What's important to realize is that the same slide object can have all four animation types added to it and set to play one after the other (or even at the same time in some instances) -- this sort of sequencing is controlled by animation events such as On Click, With Previous, and After Previous -- we'll explain these animation events in detail in a Animation Events tutorial. Another concept that you need to know is how to control the speed of an animation -- this is explained in our Animation Speed tutorial.

See Also:

Types of Animation in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Types of Animation in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Types of Animation in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows


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