Animating objects on a slide is a great way to add visual interest to your presentations. In this movie, you will know how to create a custom animation by having an object move along a path you draw with your mouse. You will then know how to customize the animation by adding a delay and adjusting the timing.
- [Voiceover] One way to add some visual interest, some pizzazz to your slides, is to create animations. We talked about animations in an earlier movie, but we're going to look at one now not many people are aware of. It's the Custom Path animation, where you get to choose the path an object's going to follow in its animation. Let me show you what I'm talking about with our Landon Hotel slide presentation. Here you can open up Landon Hotel 0106 if you want to have exactly what I have. And we're going to start by zooming out. I'm going to go to the bottom right-hand corner this time and click the minus sign until I zoom out to around 50%.
And let's say this star, this five star is going to be the object that we animate. Let's have it start off the slide. So I'll just drag it off here to the right, so it's right off the slide. And we can still work with it from here by adding the animation. So make sure it's selected before you go up to the Animations tab. We'll click the drop-down for Animations. There's the categories for Entrances and Emphasis, Exit. Scroll down though, because hiding down at the bottom are motion paths. And there are some presets to choose from here.
The one we want though is a Custom Path. We'll give it a click. Now we get to choose the path. And let's say we wanted it to look like it's bouncing around inside our slide here until it gets to the corner where we want it. In that case, we create the path by clicking and dragging. Now we can do one long path, or if you want to create that bouncing effect, click from the center of the object. Let's go to the top edge of our slide here, and release. Now click and drag straight down. Once we get near the bottom, release.
Click and drag straight up, release. Click and drag down, release. And, click and drag up. I can even put a little curl in there at the end. And to end our custom path, we double click right there. And now what you see is the outline of that motion path, that custom animation we just created. Let's preview it now by clicking the Preview button up here in the top left corner on the ribbon. With the Animations tab selected, you can see it bouncing around. Alright, that's kind of cool, and of course we can customize it even further by going into areas such as the timing.
Notice it's on a click. I'm thinking maybe it should be automatic, right after the previous animation, which is going to be the slide transition. So right after the slide appears, this is going to start. And we can add a little bit of a delay by using theses little arrows, or you could type in the delay. I'm going to have a half-second delay by clicking the up-arrow twice. And you can see it takes two seconds for the whole thing to happen. Want to slow it down? Just add seconds. You can type 'em in, or again, use the arrows. I'm going to bump it up to three and a half seconds, like so. Now we can preview it again by clicking Preview.
So there will be a delay, and then in it comes. That's moving a little slower, and that little curl at the end right into position looks wonderful. So a click in the background, and let's zoom back to fit our slide onto the page. Go down to the very bottom-right corner. Fit Slide to Current Window. There we go. That's what it's going to look like while we're working on it, but it's going to look a lot cooler once we actually play the presentation.
Microsoft Office expert David Rivers begins with the top 10 tips, including how to repurpose slides from other presentations, create custom shapes and animations, and insert online video into a slide. From there, he offers pro tips on managing files; using little-known keyboard shortcuts; getting the most out of your text, objects, and media; sharing your presentations; and more.
- Animating objects
- Reusing slides
- Creating custom shapes and animations
- Inserting online video and screenshots
- Accessing recent files fast
- Embedding fonts
- Customizing the interface
- Creating abbreviations with AutoCorrect
- Adjusting paragraph spacing
- Creating 3D images
- Coordinating transitions
- Saving and sharing presentations