Join David Diskin for an in-depth discussion in this video Animating bullets, part of PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations.
Animation can be useful when we want to present the slide to our audience in pieces. We might want bullets to appear on the screen incrementally or multiple photos to appear one by one. We might even use advanced animation techniques for complex diagrams that have shapes flying in and out while the speaker talks. A quick note for those using our exercise files. I have taken some time to polish the rest of our slides and layouts. You might enjoy flipping through the slides to see the additional enhancements I have made. We'll start our three animation videos with bullets. While we could modify each slide individually, it will be much more efficient if we modify our slides using the Slide Master.
Changes made here will affect most of our presentation. Let's access the Slide Master View by clicking the View tab, then Slide Master. Remember that the Slide Master View shows us the Slide Master and any additional layouts attached to it. We want to make our changes to the entire presentation, so we need to select the very first thumbnail in the list, the Slide Master. If we animate this, it will apply to nearly every one of our layouts. Next I'll select the text box that we want to animate. I will click the Animation tab in the Ribbon and start to view the various animation effects that we have.
I can hover over the choices until I find the one I like. Don't forget to use the arrow buttons or the Chevron to preview the rest of the gallery. Additional Entrance effects can be found by clicking here, More Entrance Effects. Some of these options are pretty wild, but the Float option is modern without being distracting. If we run our slideshow with F5, we will see how this turns out. Note that I have to click to make the animation begin and that each line is separate. It's also a bit slow. Let's press Esc and return to Slide Master View to fix these three concerns.
To eliminate the clicking, I will select the same text box and change the Start setting to After Previous. To speed things up, I will adjust the Duration down to just 0.2 seconds. I will also adjust the Effect Options here and select to move everything As One Object. Let's press F5 again and see how things turned out. Most of my slides are now pretty well animated. I can change any of the individual layouts or slides that need to be different. For example, Slides 12, 13, and 16 shouldn't be animated like this.
I will press Esc and return back to Slide Master View. I need to choose the layout from the left that has the animation that I want to get rid of. To remove the animation from this layout, I need to reveal the Animation Pane that contains the steps of the animation here. Here I can see the animation steps that are applied to this layout from the Master layout. I can select it and choose Copy Effects to Layout. With the effects now copied into this layout, I can pull the menu down again and choose Remove. This particular layout now has no animation.
I will press F5 and then I will advance quickly to Slide number 11 by typing 11 and pressing Enter on my keyboard. Let's advance to see if the slides are animated, and they are not. Note that all of the other slides that use other layouts are still perfectly animated. As you can guess there's a number of ways that we can animate bullets and change their particulars, including the direction they fly in from, their speed, how they are triggered, and their delays.
- Adding whitespace
- Applying transitions
- Using photographs, colors, and fonts
- Incorporating diagrams and SmartArt
- Customizing layouts and templates
- Animating bullets, photos, and other objects
- Inserting music and audio
- Utilizing speaker's notes and the Presenter view
- Creating handouts
- Planning the program
- Dealing with distractions
- Setting up and tearing down
Skill Level Intermediate
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