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Jane's Quick Tips
Tip 24
Applying Custom Animation Effects

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Apply Animation

In addition to applying animation effects to an object, you can build a slide with individual lines of text or add special visual effects. You can add custom animation effects to bulleted items, text, or other objects such as charts, graphics, or SmartArt graphics. This feature provides a range of animation effects, text introduction, and appearance options.

The 4 groups of Animations include: Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, and Motion Paths.
Animation Tab Add Animation button
Figure 1: Animation tab, Advanced Animation group, Add Animation button Figure 2: Advanced Animation group


1. Switch to Normal view.

2. Go to the slide containing the object you want to animate.

3. Click on the Animations tab, and then in the Advanced Animations group,
click the Animation Pane button.

The Animation pane opens on the right side of the window, and it is empty until you add your animations.

4. To add an animation, in the Advanced Animations group, click the Add Animation button (see Figure 2 above), and then choose an animation effect from one of the following 4 groups:

-If you want to make the text or object enter the slide show presentation with an effect, click an effect under the entrance Entrance list.

-If you want to add an effect to text or an object that is on the slide, click an effect under the Emphasis Emphasis list.

-If you want to add an effect to text or an object that makes it leave the slide, click an effect under the Exit Exit list.

-If you want to apply or draw a motion path to an effect, scroll the list to see the choices under the Motion Motion Path list and click a preset path.

Animation gallery
  Figure 3:
Animation gallery

If you want more animation effects, go to the bottom of the Animation gallery and choose from the lists of More Effects... When you click on one of these choices, the specific dialog box opens.

More Effects Dialog box list

5. To preview the animations on a slide click the Play button on the Animation pane or under the Preview group on the Animation tab.

6. To preview how triggered animations work, click the Slide Show button instead.

7. Once you choose an effect, they appear in the Animation pane, top to bottom, in the order you apply them. If you want to change the position or the order of animations on a slide select the text item or object in the list and then drag it to a new location in the list or you can click on the Re-Order arrow Re-order arrows at the bottom of the Animation pane.

You can also reorder your animations under the Animation tab in the Timing group under the Reorder Animation, you can click on the Move Earlier or Move later buttons.

Timing group on Animation Tab

Setting Effect and Timing Options:

1. After animation is applied, you can set effect options.

  • You can change the direction of the effect and play a sound when an animation takes place.
  • Effect options also enable you to control the levels of text that display.
  • You can use the effect options to control how text displays when the next animation sequence occurs.
  • For example, you can click the mouse button to display the next bullet point and dim the previous point, thus keeping the audience focused on the new bullet point.

2. In the Start list, do one of the following:

-If you want to start the animation by clicking the mouse, click the Start On Click.

-If you want to start the animation at the same time as the previous animation in the list finishes,
click Start With Previous.

-If you want to start the animation right after the previous animation in the list automatically, click the Start After Previous.

Effect options Start list

The animated items are noted on the slide by a non-printing numbered tag that correlates to the effects in the list. This tag does not show up in the slide show view. If you set your animation on the slide to start automatically (Start After Previous), it will be marked as "0" and will start as soon as the slide appears in the slide show.

Examples of the non-printing numbered tag in the Slide view.

Animation Starts on Mouse click example Animation Starts with Previous Example Animation starts after previous example
Start On Click Start With Previous Start After Previous

When you click on the Effect Options ..., a dialog box opens that relates to your animation. You can choose between the Effect tab, the Timing tab or the Text Animation tab. For example, if you want to dim the bulleted text, click on the Effect tab, in the After Animation: drop-down list, click on the color of your choice (Figure 4).

Effects Option dialog box launcher

Bounce Animation Effect Tab box
Figure 4
Bounce Animation Timing Tab
Figure 5
Bounce Text Animation Tab
Figure 6

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