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Applying Fancier Animations

If none of the predefined effects in the Animation gallery meets your needs, you can display additional, professionally designed animations in four categories: Basic, Subtle, Moderate, and Exciting.


Having applied one animation, you can apply another of a different type. (Applying another of the same type replaces the existing animation.) On the slide, each animation is identified by its own box, with the boxes stacked to the left of the animated object.

To apply a fancier animation to a selected element

1. On the Animations tab, in the Advanced Animation group, click the More button to the right of the Animation gallery, and then at the bottom of the gallery, click the animation category you want.

2. In the Change <Animation> Effect dialog box, click the animation you want.

To apply an additional animation to a selected animated object

➜  On the Animations tab, in the Advanced Animation group, click the Add Animation button, and then click the additional animation you want to apply.

Copying Animations

If you combine animation effects and want to apply the same combination to another object, you can copy the set with the Animation Painter, which functions the same way as the Format Painter.

To copy the animations applied to a selected object to another object

➜  On the Animations tab, in the Advanced Animation group, click the Animation Painter button, and then click the object to which you want to copy the animations.

Practice Tasks

The practice file for these tasks is located in the PowerPoint\Objective5 practice file folder. If you want to save the results of the tasks, save them in the same folder with My appended to the file name so that you don’t overwrite the original practice file.

+ In the NaturalGardening presentation, on slide 2, apply the Fly In entrance animation to the title. Then apply the same animation to the bulleted list.

+ On slide 3, apply the Arc Up motion path animation to the title. Then apply the Flip entrance animation to the bulleted list.

+ On slide 2, add the Complementary Color emphasis effect to the title and the Pulse emphasis effect to the bulleted list.

+ Copy the animations from slide 2 to slide 3.

5 .2  Apply Effect and Path Options

Fine-Tuning Animation Effects

After you apply an animation effect, you can fine-tune its action by using the commands on the Animations tab to do the following:

+ Specify the direction, shape, or sequence of the animation. (The options vary depending on the type of animation).

+ Specify what action will trigger the animation. For example, you can specify that clicking a different object on the slide will animate the selected object.

+ Specify whether you will start an animation by clicking the mouse button or whether PowerPoint should start it with or after the previous one.

+ Control how long each animation lasts.

+ Delay the start of an animation effect.


+ Change the order of the animation effects on a slide.