Microsoft PowerPoint

5 Applying Transitions and Animations

The skills tested in this section of the Microsoft Office Specialist exam for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 relate to creating movement, both between slides and for slide components.


Specifically, the following objectives are associated with this set of skills:

5.1   Apply Built-In and Custom Animations

5.2   Apply Effect and Path Options

5.3   Manipulate Animations

5.4   Apply and Modify Transitions Between Slides

The judicious use of dynamic effects can grab and keep the attention of an audience. By adding transitions between slides, you can visually mark the end of one topic and the beginning of another, and by animating objects on a slide, you can add emphasis, focus, and entertainment.

This chapter guides you in studying the techniques for quickly animating objects, including how to customize animations to suit your needs. It also covers how to add and control dynamic slide transitions.

Practice Files Before you can complete the practice tasks in this chapter, you need to copy the book’s practice files to your computer. The practice files you’ll use to com- plete the tasks in this chapter are in the PowerPoint\Objective5 practice file folder. A complete list of practice files is provided in “Using the Book’s Companion Content” at the beginning of this book .

5 .1  Apply Built-In and Custom Animations

Applying Built-In Animations

If you are delivering a presentation from your computer, you can keep your audience focused and reinforce your message by applying built-in animations to the text and graphics on your slides. You can apply the following types of ready-made effects from the Animation gallery:

+ Entrance Animate the way the element appears on the slide.

+ Emphasis Increase or decrease the importance of the element by changing its color, style; or brightness; by making it grow or shrink; or by making it spin.

+ Exit Animate the way the element leaves the slide.

+ Motion Paths Move the element around on the slide in various ways, such as diagonally to the upper-right corner or in a circular motion.

Each animation you add is identified on the slide by an adjacent numbered box that indicates the order in which the animations will occur.

To apply a built-in animation to a selected object

➜  On the Animations tab, in the Animation group, click the More button, and then in the gallery, click the animation you want.

To preview the animation for a selected object

➜  On the Animations tab, in the Preview group, click the Preview button.


To remove an animation from a selected object

➜  In the Animation gallery, click None .