- Animate an object when another object is clicked
- Create an invisible hot spot that causes an animation
Animate an object when another object is clicked
Purpose: to provide a way to interact with your PowerPoint.
We will start by creating a few text boxes and a few shapes and then animating them as we usually would (if you need help, see prevoius post entitled “Custom Animation in PowerPoint“). I’m going to create two text boxes, a circle, and a triangle, and I’m going to have the text boxes animate on click by first level peragraphs.
To create the “trigger” effect, double click on your animation effect (in the list on the right), and then click on the “Timing” Tab and click the “Triggers” button.
We want the effect to be triggered by the click of another object, so click the radio box next to “Start effect on click of:” and then click on the dropdown menu and select the object you want to click. I’m going to select the oval object.
If you run your presentation now, you’ll find out you have successfully caused the animation of your first text box to be dependent on clicking the circle.
Create an invisible hotspot that causes an animation
Purpose: to keep your hotspots from being obvious to the audience.
In medicine, we’re often asking the question, “what could be causing the listed symptoms.” In several of my presentations, I’ve engaged the audience in this very exercise by presenting them with some sort of anatomical picture and then asking where problems could be coming from. I often don’t want the audience to be clued in by my hotspots, so I use the trick of making them almost invisible (99% transparent). Let’s do that with the other text box on our slide. We’ll make it appear when the hotspot of the triangle is clicked, but you won’t be able to see the triangle.
First, set up your trigger just like we did previously, but select the triangle this time as the trigger (see above). Now, double click on the triangle to get the “Format AutoShape” box. In the box next to “Transparency,” type “99%” and then, in the “Line” section, click on the “Color” box and select “No Line.”
Now, when you view your slide, you’ll see that the object is selected, but you can’t see it (or at least, it’s barely visible. To make it hide even more, select a color that’s similar to the background color).
Try previewing this slide, and you’ll see that the second text box will animate whenever you click in the area of the invisible triangle. If you’d like, you can move the triangle around to be over one of the letters to make that letter a “hot spot.”
In this lesson, you learned how to create triggered animations and (nearly) invisible hotspots in order to make your presentations more interactive.
- Animate a simple text object line by line
- Add an entrance and an exit effect to a shape
- Move a shape from one portion of the screen to another
- Re-order animation orders, set objects to appear with or immediately after another object, and change animation speed
Animation a simple text object line by line
Purpose: to introduce each concept in a stepwise manner.
Add an entrance and an exit effect to a shape
Purpose: to emphasize an object or draw attention to something and then allow it to leave.
In this section, we will utilize the feature of adding more than one animation to an object. In this case, we will add an entrance and then an exit to an object. Begin by creating an object. It can be whatever object you choose. I’ll create a star. As an aside, as you’re creating your “Autoshape,” you can hold down the “shift” button (along with your mouse button) to constrain it to perfect proprortions (i.e. make a circle instead of an oval, a square instead of a rectangle, or a perfectly-proportioned star). After you have created your shape, right click on it and select “Custom Animation…” just like you did before. Then, click on “Add Effect” and choose what you want for an entrance effect. When you’re finished customizing your entrance effect, click on the shape again and click on “Add Effect,” but this time select “Exit” and select an exit effect. Customize this however you want.
Now, when you view this page in Slide Show view, you will first see your text animated, and then your object will enter on your click and then exit when you click again.
Move a shape from one portion of the screen to another
Purpose: To show movement or to help move attention from one portion of the screen to another.
We just added a few effects to one shape. Let’s now try moving an object from one portion of the screen to another. Go ahead and create a new shape, then select it and click on “Add effect,” and select “Motion paths,” then choose which one you want.
Once you’ve created the path, you can customize where exactly it goes. First click on the path, then click on the white dot overlaying the red arrow and drag it to where you want the animation to end.
You have now created a motion path for the object.
Re-order animation orders, set objects to appear with or immediately after another object
Purpose: Reorder items so they appear when you want them to. Keeps good organization. Allows multiple items to animate together.
When working with several animations on the same page, it is unlikely that you will always create your animations in the perfect order that you want everything to appear. That’s why it’s easy to change the order in which animation appear. For example, let’s move the entrance on our first object to happen before the list appears. In the list on the right side, select the entrance and move it to before the list.
Now, the object will enter, will remain there while the text is animated, and then it will disappear. You can also have an object animated in the middle of the text animation by first expanding the animation and then dropping the animation where you want it. Let’s do this for the motion path. First click the double down arrows to expand the text box, then move the motion path animation to in between the text.
Nice job. The object now moves in the middle of the text being animated. But, let’s suppose we want our object to move while the previous text is coming into play. This time, click on the object’s animation in the list, then click in the “Start” dropdown, and select “With Previous.”
Now, the object will move as the previous shape is entering. If you wanted, you could also have chosen “After Previous,” and it would have begun automatically after the previous one had completed its animation. Since you’ve already expanded the text box, you could also click on one of the lines of text and decide you wanted it to come in with a previous line of text. The choice is yours.
Throughout this tutorial, you’ve been introduced to the basic concepts of the “Custom Animation” pane. You have animated both text and objects, added multiple animations to an object, created a motion path for an object, and learned to customize the order and timing of objects. I recommend continuing to play around with the various options that are presented to you. The “Custom Animation” pane gives you power to build your page and add emphasis to better enhance your message for your audience.