A PowerPoint presentation without any effects in terms of animation looks quite dull. Animation is the best medium via which you can stress on vital points and maintain the interests of your viewers. This is why PowerPoint 2010 offers different types of animations that you can apply to items on a slide.
With PowerPoint 2010, you can apply an animation effect to paragraphs, shapes, images, SmartArt graphics, tables, clip arts, and other objects. This will apply a visual effect in terms of changing entrance and exit ways, color, size, and movement. In this article, we shall see how to animate objects and text in PowerPoint 2010. I am sure it will be helpful if you have just started to use Office 2010.
Which Animations Effects Are There In PowerPoint 2010
Well, all animation effects are divided into four categories namely, Entrance, Exit, Emphasis, and Motion Path. The Entrance effects allow you to decide how an object or text will come up on the slide. For instance, you can make an image fade slowly to be viewed fully. Just the opposite of these effects are the Exit effects that decide how the object or text will vanish from the slide.
The Emphasis effects allow you to set a focus level such as changing the color of text or shrinking an object. Lastly, Motion Paths decide the manner in which an object or text will move such as going up or down or rotating in a circular pattern.
The best part is that you are free to use a combination of these effects according to the significance of an item on the slide. For instance, let the table fade in slowly with an Entrance effect while it grows in size by applying the Emphasis effect.
How Do I Apply An Animation To An Item
To do so, first select the item that you want to animate on the slide and then click the Animations tab. Next, click the More button in the Animation group to select the appropriate animation effect. This will give the item a label of a non-printing numbered tag that is visible in the Normal view only when the Animations tab is selected.
If you wish to apply more than one animation effect to the same item, you need to click Add Animation in the Advanced Animation group of the Animations tab.
Can I View The Animation Details
You can do so by accessing the Animation task pane that displays the details of each animation effect such as the type, duration of the effect (timeline), the order of multiple animation effects, and the object name. To open this pane, click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation group of the Animations tab.
Herein, you will see the numbers of effects, which correspond to the numbered tags of the animated objects on the slide.
Can I Customize The Animation Effects
Yes, you can change the effect, order, and timing of animation effects. To change the effect, click the Effect Options button in the Animationgroup of the Animations tab. This will display the different effects available for the selected animation.
If you want to reorder an animation, select the animation in the Animations pane and in the Timing group on the Animations tab, click either Move Earlier or Move Later.
Further, you can set the start and delay timings along with the duration for an animation. To change these timings and duration, you can specify the values in the Start, Delay, and Duration boxes respectively in the Timing group.