Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining build order, part of PowerPoint: Builds, Transitions, Animations, and Effects.
Let's reveal the elements of this chart with a bit finesse. I'd like the background that has the lines and the plotted elements to indicate what each bar's value is, to already be there. Then, I'll build by the individual dates so that they come on the screen. Looking at this, we'll start, by selecting the first element. And let's choose everything here, and go with a gentle fade to begin with. There we go. I like that, but I want to choose this one here and remove it. So now, you'll see that the lines and the legend for the chart are already there.
We can see the axis lines, and they don't build on the slide. So, when we come to that slide they're already going to be present. Looking at these, I'd like to slow things down a bit. So, let's select all of them and increase the duration to, one and a half seconds. Then, for each one, I'd like to set these, so they start after the previous. But, I'd like a slight delay. Let's go ahead and preview what this slide is going to look, like Shift+ F5 will take it from the top of the slide.
Let's take a look at how this could work. In April, we saw many more losses in the company then profit, however in May, things started to even out and by June, it looked like we were getting back on track, showing us a strong return for the month of July. By setting the timings there, things looked a lot more professional, I also didn't have to click to go between. This allowed me to control how the information was delivered. So that only part of the chart was built on the screen, and I could control the timings and the delays, between each of the elements in the series.
Remember, getting the hang of this is really give and take. So, experiment with what works for you. But I'm a big fan of minimizing the number of times I have to click. This makes me more engaged with my audience, and cuts down on losing track in my presentation. The fewer clicks on the slide, the better it runs, and it forces me to stay on timing, and not really meander, or take too long on a particular slide.
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- Choosing a style of animation
- Revealing text and charts
- Setting custom timing
- Playing a video
- Adding sound
- Using transitions between slides