- Select the object that you want to animate. You can select any object on your slide. We created and selected a shape.
- Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2007 (2002 and 2003 should work too). Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. PowerPoint 2007 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Users of previous PowerPoint versions can choose the Format | Slide Layout, and choose the Blank layout in the resultant Task Pane. Then, insert a shape and select it.
- Users of earlier versions will find the rectangle shape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface. Select this option, and click once on the blank slide to place a shape.
- For PowerPoint 2007 users, make sure that the shape is still selected. Then, activate the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Next, click the Custom Animation button to bring up a Task Pane of the same name, as shown in Figure 1, below.
- Users of earlier PowerPoint versions should ensure that the shape is selected. Then, they should choose the Slide Show | Custom Animation option to access a similar Task Pane.
Figure 1: Custom Animation
- Click the Add Effect button in the Task Pane to bring up the flyout menu that lists animation types available in PowerPoint. Choose the Motion Paths option, as shown in Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Motion Paths
- Doing so brings up another flyout menu. Choose any of the options available, or choose the More Motion Paths option to bring up the Add Motion Path dialog box, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Add Motion Path dialog box
- Move the Add Motion Path dialog box so that it does not cover the shape on your slide. Now, when you select any of the prebuilt Motion Path animations in the box, you'll see a live preview of the animated shape on the slide. Play with the animations available until you find a suitable variant.
- Select the suitable animation within the Add Motion Path dialog box and click the OK button to apply it to the shape selected on the slide.
- Save your presentation often.
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