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Hiding slides
There may be times when you want to hide a slide from view without actually delet-
ing it. The slide needs more work, for example, or its not appropriate for a certain
audience. There are a couple of ways to go about preventing a slide from showing up
in slide shows. First, you can select the slide you want to hide and then select Slide
ShowHide Slide. You can also use the Slide Sorter view to hide slides by selecting
the slides you want to hide and then clicking the Hide Slide button in the Slide
Sorter toolbar. (If that toolbar isn’t visible, choose ViewToolbarsSlide Sorter.)
PowerPoint simply skips over hidden slides when you run the slide show.
To bring a hidden slide back into view, Control-click it in Slide Sorter view and
select Hide Slide to turn off the checkmark.
Multimedia Effects
PowerPoint puts at your disposal a Spielbergian selection of special effects. In addi-
tion to the transitions you insert between slides, the program lets you animate par-
ticular elements in an image. It also enables you to add a soundtrack or voice narra-
tion to your slide show—features that are especially useful if you want to save the
presentation as a stand-alone movie.
Adding Animations
One of the simplest ways to jazz up a PowerPoint presentation is to animate an
element in a slide—be it text, an image, or even a movie. Animated objects whisk
into view when triggered by an advance key, then dart away the next time you press
the same key. You can control the animated objects path of motion and also choose
whether its action is accompanied by a sound effect.
Figure 16-7:
Using the Define Custom Show
dialog box, you can choose a
subset of slides from the currently
open slide show and reorder those
slides any way you want to create
a customized presentation.
Making a
Slide Show
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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
Standard animations
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,
for example.
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 ShowAnimations 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
ShowAnimationsCustom, 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-
looking people).
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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