Chapter 25. Building Animation Effects, Transitions, and Support Materials

You invest hard work in creating presentation content so that you can deliver your important message to an audience. When you are delivering a live presentation—also called a slide show—you need to make sure that your speaking manner and the presentation have enough zip to hold the audience members' interest. This chapter teaches you how to add that zip with transitions and animation effects, and how to print the support materials you'll need to ensure that the audience can follow along.

Understanding Animation and Transitions

In PowerPoint, animation is the way that individual objects enter or exit a slide. On a slide with no animation, all of the objects on the slide simply appear at the same time when you display it. (Boring, eh?) However, you can apply animation to the slide so that the bullet points fly in from the left, one at a time, and the graphic drops down from the top afterward.

A transition is another kind of animation. A transition refers to the entry or exit of the entire slide, rather than of an individual object on the slide.

Here are some ideas for using animation effectively in your presentations:

  • Animate parts of a chart so that the data appears one series at a time. This technique works well if you want to talk about ...

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