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Many of us have enjoyed the Format Painter feature, introduced into Microsoft Office some time ago; however, the feature omitted any animation effects that apply to objects such as shapes and text. PowerPoint 2010 introduces the Animation Painter, speeding up the animation process. If I switch to Slide Sorter mode, you'll see that we have our presentation divided into multiple sections, and at beginning of most of these sections is an introductory slide. For example, here we can see the slide that introduces the web site section.
On each of these slides is a graphic, and we want that graphic to be animated. If we look at this particular slide, you'll see that I've already done this. If I choose this graphic and click Play from the Animation pane, that graphic is already animated to appear and disappear. By the way, if you don't see the Animation pane on the right-hand side, all you have to do is select an object and from the Animation's tab, select Animation Pane. The Animation Pane shows you all of the animation scheduled for all of the objects on the current slide.
Using the new Animation Painter tool, I want to take these settings and apply them to the other graphics that already exist on the other slides. So, after creating the Animation effects, I want to select the object that has those animations. I want to click on Animation Painter, available from the Animations tab and then navigate to the slide that has the graphic that I want to animate. For example, here, on this slide is this graphic; I click it, and the animation is applied. We'll do this one more time for the third section.
With this object selected from the Animation tab, I click on Animation Painter. Like before, you'll see my pointer now has the Animation Brush next to it. I'll navigate to this slide. There's the graphic. I click on it, and if you look on the right-hand side, the Animation Pane now shows those animation steps. As with the original Format Painter, if you double-click the Animation Painter button, you can rapidly apply animation to multiple shapes in succession. This is a great feature to use when copying and pasting a shape just won't give you the results you're looking for.
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