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As always, these effects do nothing to make up for lack of a meaningful message in
your presentation, and seem primarily designed for making glitzy demos of Power-
Point at trade shows; use them sparingly and with good taste.
Tip: You’ve been warned: Animations may not show up when you export your PowerPoint presentation
as a QuickTime movie (as described on page 614), especially if you’ve also created transitions between
To animate an object using one of PowerPoint’s ready-made special effects, ﬁrst
select the object you want to animate—click inside a block of text or click an image,
Note: Not all standard animations work with all kinds of objects. Laser Text and Typewriter, for instance,
affect only text, not graphics. If a particular effect isn’t applicable to the object you’ve selected, that option
is grayed out on the Animations menu.
Then choose an animation style from the Slide Show→Animations submenu, which
offers fourteen different animations (plus an Off option to remove an animation).
A few examples:
• Fly In. The selected object shoots in from the left with a swish sound and comes
to rest at its rightful spot in the layout.
•Fly Out. The selected object pops off the slide and exits to the right with the same
• Fly In/Out. The selected object ﬂies onto the slide from the left and lands in its
proper position, then, with another press of the advance key, rockets off to the
right. An audible swish accompanies both motions.
Bullet by Bullet
I’ve seen these really tall, smart, good-looking people do
presentations where their bullet lists don’t show up all at
once. Instead, each point whooshes onto the screen on
command. Can I do that too?
It’s easy to animate the arrival of your bullets. Choose Slide
Show→Animations→Custom, click the Effects tab, and
then select the text object (the one that contains your bul-
lets) in the box to the left. From the “Entry effect” pop-up
menu, choose an animation style (such as Fly In From Left,
by far the most popular choice among tall, smart, good-
If you click OK, your bullet points will now ﬂy in one at a
time, each time you click the mouse (or press an advance
key). If you click the Order and Timing tab, you can specify
instead that they appear a certain number of seconds apart.
And, if you click the Options tab, you can choose the bullet
level that you want to group together—something that will
make sense only if you’ve actually created bulleted lists
within bulleted lists.
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