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Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery

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Video: Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery

PowerPoint comes with a library of images, animations, and sound clips. All of them are free to use, and even more are available for download from Microsoft.com. Here's how to use them in your presentation. Clip art animations aren't exactly videos, but the Clip Art gallery classifies them as such. Each is an animated GIF, an image that moves. It's made by saving several similar graphics together in one GIF file, then viewing them in a looping sequence. It makes the graphic look like a short movie.

Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery

PowerPoint comes with a library of images, animations, and sound clips. All of them are free to use, and even more are available for download from Microsoft.com. Here's how to use them in your presentation. Clip art animations aren't exactly videos, but the Clip Art gallery classifies them as such. Each is an animated GIF, an image that moves. It's made by saving several similar graphics together in one GIF file, then viewing them in a looping sequence. It makes the graphic look like a short movie.

Let's add one to our presentation. Click on the second slide in your exercise file. Notice the six images in the middle of the slide. The bottom-center icon has four squares on it. This represents the Clip Art gallery. Click on it and the Clip Art gallery will open in the pane on the right. In the top box, type in flower, but don't search yet. Let's refine our settings. The second box says Search in. Make sure there's a check mark in front of Everywhere. Microsoft.com has thousands of images that aren't installed on your computer and as long as you're connected to the Internet, your search results will include all the results as if you had searched right on Microsoft Office's web site.

It's a great way to expand your possibilities and save some time. I'll click on the arrow again to close it. The third box says Results should be: All media file types. Click on the dropdown arrow and uncheck everything, except for movies. This way, the only results you'll see are for animated GIFs. Now, click Go to run the search. You'll see a series of images appear. Notice that each has a star in the bottom-right corner, indicating that the image will be animated when you play the presentation.

Click on the second flower. It will come in very small, as this is the original size of the graphic. Now play your presentation and watch the flower change color. Note that the image loops continuously, but some animated GIFs will only play as long as their author designed them-- maybe only a few seconds. Press Escape to end the playback and return to the slide. I can make this animated GIF larger by dragging the corners. I can also click on the picture and in the Picture Tools > Format Ribbon that appears, use the size boxes on the far right.

But if I make the image bigger, it will become fuzzy, because it was designed at that very small size. This is one of the biggest drawbacks to animated GIFs. Not only are most of them very small, but many of them are pretty cheesy and not appropriate for high-end presentations. For home or school use though, they are a lot of fun. Click on the X in the upper right-hand corner of the Clip Art gallery to close it. There are other ways to insert clip-art videos as well. The way we just added the image is how you would do it if all you wanted in the content placeholder is that graphic, because we use the content box as the target.

I'll go to the third slide. If you have text on the slide and would like to enhance it with a small graphic, the steps start a little differently. Let's add a graphic on the right-hand side to supplement the content. Up on the Ribbon, choose the Insert Tab. The third button says Clip Art, and it also toggles the Clip Art gallery open and closed. The process is the same: search for the image you want, click on it, and the image will land in the middle of the slide. Pick it up and drag it where you would like it to go.

When you're done, close the Clip Art gallery again. Now, I'll go to the fifth slide. The third way to insert clip art is also on the Insert Ribbon. There is a button with a film canister that says Movie. Click on the bottom half, right on the dropdown arrow, and the last option says Movie from Clip Organizer. The benefit of doing it this way is that the Results should be box will default just to Movies, instead of All media types; otherwise, the process is exactly the same. I'll search for flower.

I will scroll down, and I will choose this one right here. I will go back to slide 2 and play the presentation. Now, I've got cute little animated graphics to draw the viewer's attention. While animated GIFs have to be selected carefully to not lower your design standards, these miniature movies will help viewers engage with your content.

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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 49s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 54s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      6m 28s
    4. Working with video formats
      4m 32s
  3. 15m 41s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 32s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 20s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      2m 36s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 20s
    5. Playing a video using an action button
      1m 53s
  4. 23m 38s
    1. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 8s
    2. Playing a QuickTime movie
      4m 32s
    3. Playing a Flash animation
      3m 40s
    4. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      4m 42s
    5. Inserting a web page
      5m 36s
  5. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing a video
      3m 59s
    2. Cropping a video
      2m 51s
    3. Applying preset video styles
      3m 22s
    4. Designing a border
      4m 35s
    5. Adding shadows
      3m 25s
    6. Adding reflections
      1m 9s
    7. Adding glow effects
      1m 18s
    8. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 22s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 49s
    3. Playing full screen
      1m 55s
    4. Hiding a video
      2m 11s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 55s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 27s
    7. Playing a movie across slides
      3m 48s
    8. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      3m 46s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      3m 19s
  7. 14m 4s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 10s
    2. Improving playback performance
      4m 55s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      5m 59s
  8. 19m 26s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      2m 52s
    2. Embedding sounds
      3m 38s
    3. Inserting sounds from the clip art gallery
      4m 39s
    4. Inserting audio from a computer file
      2m 11s
    5. Playing a sound using an action button
      2m 46s
    6. Recording your own sounds
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 44s
    2. Playing audio automatically
      2m 50s
    3. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 36s
    4. Looping an audio clip
      3m 9s
    5. Delaying an audio clip
      1m 45s
    6. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 10s
    7. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 41s
  10. 12m 22s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 5s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      4m 13s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      3m 35s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 29s
  11. 23m 0s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 13s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 21s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      2m 33s
    4. Recording a narration
      11m 53s
  12. 16m 43s
    1. Running the Compatibility Checker
      1m 36s
    2. Converting files for PowerPoint 2010
      2m 26s
    3. Packaging a CD for travel
      3m 40s
    4. Creating a self-running presentation
      6m 54s
    5. Extracting media files
      2m 7s
  13. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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