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PowerPoint 2010 Animations

While SLIDE TRANSITIONS are motion effects that occur in SLIDE SHOW view when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation, ANIMATIONS can be applied to individual objects (or groups of objects) of the slide.

Let's review sections of ANIMATION tab first (left to right)

PowerPoint 2010 Animations tab

Notice that most items are not active (greyed)

To make them active we need to select an object on our slide, so we need to create simple slide and select something.

PowerPoint 2010 Sample Slide to create an animation

Now we can start researching ANIMATIONS tab from left to right:

In the Preview section of the Animations tab. You can see what you created so far, your animation in action.

PowerPoint 2010 Effect Options Menu

Animation Styles. Choose from variety of ways your object enters the slide (fly in, zoom, bounce…) or exits (disappear, fly out, fade…) slide, or be EMPHASIZED (pulse, spin…). You may even define the motion path of your object within your slide.

Effect Options. Every animation has certain ways that it works. Options may be different for different animations. For example: If you are using FLY IN animation your available options will be: from left, right, top, bottom etc. Also you may define here if you want to move all selected objects as one, at once or by paragraph (like in our example when list is selected)

Add Animation. You can apply several animations to one object. For example, after your object uses the fly in option you can make the object start to blink or spin.

In the Advanced Animation section of the Animations tab is the Animation Pane. When you click this button, the Animation Pane appears on the right side of the screen.

PowerPoint 2010 Animation Pane

Every "move" of our animation will be listed there with number, icon, time frame etc. You can change consequence of events directly using Pane (move any part up or down by clicking green Re-Order arrows in the bottom of pane), adjust time frame (by moving sides of "time frame" rectangles manually or choosing trigger events from drop down menu appearing when you click little arrow on right side of highlighted animation).

Or maybe you will like to control events from panel on the bar

By clicking Play button on top of the pane you can see how your animation works step by step.

You are ready to play with ANIMATIONs!

That concludes the PowerPoint 2010 Animations tutorial. Click next to continue to Slide-Show.