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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


animate: techniques to animate your presentation

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Annotations and animations

Logic: helps you animate PowerPoint objects using annotations in a slideshow

Note that there is important new information for PowerPoint 2013 at the end of this tutorial. 

Before we begin. You would normally do this by grouping an object to the end of the rectangle. However, that would lock the object, which would not suit if you wanted to add another animation to it, such as a spin Emphasis. Anyway...

Sometimes you need a more precise idea of where objects will move on your screen. For example, I have a rectangle that spins 90 degrees (number 1 in the example) with a Spin Emphasis, as well as moves to the right with a Motion Path (number 2).


rectangle end position

I want to place an object at the top of the rectangle and have it move with the end of the rectangle. That is easy if it is a simple arc, but what if the object also moves location on the slide? One help is to use annotations. Put simply, you run your animated slideshow very slow and use annotations to draw where things will be at certain times.

effect options box 

First, we set our animated slideshow to run very slow. That will give us time to annotate our animations.

slideshow pen options dialogue box 

The trick is then, in our slideshow, to get the felt tip pen. In PowerPoint 2003, this is available from the slideshow menu or by hitting <Control + p>.

first annotation

Before I start the animation (set to commence on mouse click), I draw an  point with the felt pen at the start of the edge.

all annotations

Then, when I hit the <Enter> key to start the animation process, I draw a new point as time goes by.

keep annotations dialogue box 

When you exit the slideshow, you will be prompted (unless you bypassed this in the options settings) to keep annotations. Do this.

final result

I then get an idea of where the edge moves.

Once you get the hang of this, you can use it to help you design some powerful stuff with a bit more ease.

in PowerPoint 2013you now get image previews when you place motion paths. This is so much easier to work with and a really good feature.

motion path end destination preview





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