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  Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – Permalink –

One-Slide Timer

Easy tip

You can use this before a show, or when you take a break.

PowerPoint: A Codeless One-Slide Timer

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  Friday, January 08, 2010 – Permalink –

PPT 2010

PowerPoint 2-10

Here's a preview of what PPT2010 can do with animation and presentation.

MSDN PowerPoint Blog

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  Monday, September 28, 2009 – Permalink –

It's Your Move

Do the
Hucklebuck has some sample animations techniques you can borrow.

  • Grow/Shrink

  • Jeopardy (exit animations)

  • Text crawling across slide during bulleted list

  • Text crawling across slide continuously

  • PPT 2002/XP vs 2000 (transitions and animations)

  • Modifying animations for just a few slides

  • Animating bulleted text

  • Animating bulleted text individually

  • Star Wars Credits

  • Adding Animation vs Changing Animation

  • Using Triggers
Animation Features

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Animation Videos

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  Monday, September 07, 2009 – Permalink –

Animated Animation

Some samples

The graphic designers at TLC Creative Services have compiled a set of animation demos that can be downloaded. Several quite sophisticated tricks.

The Power Of "Ping":

Create and use professional graphic images that have transparency
Let The Good Times Roll:

Learn how to make a round object literally roll onto the slide
4 Picture Animations:

Learn 4 unique animation techniques that think 'outside the box'
Master Linking Presentation:

Visual tutorial on one way to seamlessly link from one presentation to another
Formatting Best-Practices:

A sampling of the Best Practices employed here at TLC Creative Services for working efficiently and creating the highest level presentations.
Movie Across Slides:

Insert a movie and have it continue to play across multiple slides as the presentation continues. Visual step-by-step tutorial

And more -
PowerPoint Tutorials

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  Saturday, June 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Exploding Slides

Break up or Blow up

Kathy Jacobs, Microsoft MVP PowerPoint and OneNote, give the steps needed to make your shows a little more dramatic.

"Have you ever wanted to have a picture appear on your screen as one thing and then blow apart to separate elements? It is a great technique for explaining parts of a process, photo, or structure in detail.
We are going to step through blowing apart pictures, but this same idea can be used for expanding organization charts, process diagrams, and all kinds of other elements."

Blowing Things Up!

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  Friday, March 27, 2009 – Permalink –

Action When You Want It

Move it!

Here is a tutorial about animation.

"Need to make content appear, change or disappear out of order? Need to control the order that things appear while in front of your audience? Playing games? You need to play with PowerPoint's Triggers option for custom animations."

Trigger Happy Animations in PowerPoint
By Kathryn Jacobs.
(Kathryn has been a PowerPoint trainer and consultant for over 10 years. She is a Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint.)

Use triggers to create an interactive slide show in PowerPoint

"Let's get past the term, first: A trigger is nothing more than an item on your PowerPoint slide-- it could be a picture, a shape, a button, or even a paragraph or text box-- that sets off an action when you click it. The action might be a sound, a movie, or an animation, such as text becoming visible on the slide."

Combine animation techniques to create stunning PowerPoint slides
By Ellen Finkelstein

"Indeed, with the addition of motion paths, new trigger effects and the ability to add two animation behaviors to one object, PowerPoint has become capable of creating sophisticated animations that rival complex animation software."

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  Monday, March 02, 2009 – Permalink –

Animate Charts

Make data more moving

Wipe away the drool that develops when looking at Office 2007 formatting and deal with what we've got.

When you try to animate the chart be aware that not all of the animations work. "Fly in" does not work. "Box" does.

"You can add some animation to your chart for dramatic effect. You can animate the chart as a whole or animate elements of the chart."

  1. In normal view, display the slide that has the chart you want, and then select the chart.

  2. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation to open the Custom Animation task pane.

  3. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the Add Effect down arrow, point to Entrance, and then click an effect.

  4. In the Custom Animation task pane, select the animation you applied to the chart, click the down arrow, and then click Effect Options.

  5. On the Chart Animation tab, in the Group Chart list, click By element in series.

  6. Click OK.

  7. Now, if you click Slide Show and click through the presentation, you’ll see the animation in real time.
Present sales reports in PowerPoint

Also see:
Ungroup and Animate

Ellen Finkelstein:

Animate Tables

Animate 2007 Tables

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See the links to Ellen Finkelstein's site.
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  Tuesday, August 19, 2008 – Permalink –

Ungroup and Animate

Tweak charts

This tutorial combines the ability to break graphics into pieces and PowerPoint's animation tools.

It's from Glen Millar's PPTWorkbench:
Complex Animations

Also see:

Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101:
Advanced PowerPoint: Animate Data
Animate Tables

Andrew May:
Animating Shapes in PowerPoint

Animation Schemes

Ungroup Charts in PowerPoint 2007

Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in PowerPoint 2007

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  Thursday, August 07, 2008 – Permalink –

Big Bang Demo

Animation example

A Technology Example

"PowerPoint . with facilities such as smooth fades, multiple custom paths for each object and a fully editable timeline (definable down to 1/10th second), brings exciting new opportunities for exciting event and meeting openers and animated segments.

The possibility of doing away with expensive video sequences becomes almost a certainty."
Presentations by Steve Bell

(There is a downloadable file. The hyperlink is near the middle; the bolded words "Download This File". It includes the PowerPoint viewer. If you don't need the viewer, just open it in WinZip and extract the Bomb.ppt and the Fuse to Expl.mp3 files)

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  Saturday, July 26, 2008 – Permalink –


Tutorial about Cool PowerPoint Animations

"This tutorial is more of a demonstration of what cool custom animation effects can be achieved just by using the standard PowerPoint 2002 / XP / 2003 / 2007 wipes."

  • Exhibition stand graphics to attract visitors
  • Conference openers (especially good with music)
  • Conference breakout screens
  • Divider or section headers in presentations
  • General presentation ideas

And many more.

PowerPoint Animation A to Z

This is a new version. If you tried the earlier one you owe it to yourself to look at the new one.

(One hint, open the PPS file in PowerPoint. When you see an interesting trick, hit the Esc button. View the Custom animation pane to see how it was done.)


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  Sunday, July 06, 2008 – Permalink –

Fade In/Fade Out

How to create the effect

"It is relatively simple and can be done quickly. The only part that slows you down is setting the colors. The Fade in technique is explained below. You can apply the same and reverse the color scheme to attain the Fade out effect."

Create multiple copies of an object. You can Copy the object and then use Ctrl+V to Paste it multiple times.

Change the color or shade each time the object is pasted, or using the Tab key, go through the objects and format each with a different degree of color.

Next select all the objects. Drag the mouse around the collection of objects.

With the objects selected, use the Align or Distribute option on the Drawing toolbar to Align Middle . You may also have to use Align Center .

The objects will be perfectly aligned, one on top of the other.

With the objects still selected set the animation to Appear 0 seconds After Previous event. You may have to change the timing to 0.1 seconds.

Fade In/Fade Out effect

Download a sample here

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  Monday, April 14, 2008 – Permalink –

Click to Trigger

Make it so

A trigger is an object on your PowerPoint slide - a picture, a shape, a button, or even a paragraph or text box. When you click on it an action is initiated. The action might be a sound, a movie, an animation, or text becoming visible on the slide.

Microsoft Office Online has a tutorial:
Use triggers to create an interactive slide show in PowerPoint

"Here's a Power User column for teachers. Want to involve your students more in a presentation? Set up "triggers" for them to click as they go through the show. Triggers (related to animations) let you add surprise to your slides while inviting your viewer to take part and have fun."
Trigger Animations

All 'Bout Computers:
Trigger Happy Animations in PowerPoint

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  Tuesday, March 04, 2008 – Permalink –

Move that Thing

Noise and motion

Microsoft has another of its easy to understand tutorials that deals with making objects move on the screen and also make sounds.

  • Animate text or objects

  • Add sound effects to an animation or hyperlink

  • Use sample animations in your presentation

There is also a link to a tutorial about adding sound effects to a presentation.


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  Friday, November 30, 2007 – Permalink –

YouTube in PowerPoint

Imbedded videos

Shyam Pillai has provided a free wizard to imbed YouTube clips into a PowerPoint Presentation

"Use this to insert YouTube videos into a PowerPoint slide. All you need to do is to provide the YouTube video URL that appears in the browser address bar, the rest is taken care of by the YTV Wizard.

Note: YouTube videos are streamed so a live internet connection is required to playback the video during the slideshow. Use the free FlashBack add-in to play/rewind the YouTube video automatically."

YouTube Video Wizard

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  Saturday, September 29, 2007 – Permalink –

Move the Line

Animate charts

PowerPoint has the ability to present elements of a graph one at a time for dramatic effect.

Here's one take from
Complex Animations

This tutorial is an example of making PowerPoint do things that can't normally be done. In this case, we will tweak some chart animations that don't exist under normal circumstances.
  1. Create a chart with data,
  2. Ungroup the chart into individual pieces,
  3. Insert pictures that relate to the data,
  4. Do some grouping + animation.

Animate Chart Elements in Microsoft PowerPoint
Animating a Chart - Using Ungrouping

Ungroup in 2007

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  Thursday, August 02, 2007 – Permalink –

Leaf Animation

Animation tip

This tutorial will walk you through the steps you can use to display a leaf as it floats and swirls across the screen.

There is also a file that you can download to see how its done.

PowerPoint Heaven:

Leaf Motion

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  Wednesday, July 11, 2007 – Permalink –

Great Collection

Examples and ideas

The experts show you how they have developed some pretty spectacular animations and designs using PowerPoint out of the box.

"PowerPoint Heaven is a website providing PowerPoint showcase, artworks, PowerPoint games, animation templates, PowerPoint animations and tutorials on animating Microsoft PowerPoint."

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  Saturday, July 07, 2007 – Permalink –

Countdown Slide


It can be useful to let your audience know when the show is going to begin. Here's a description about how to do it:

Create Countdown Slide Without VBA
(There is also a sample PowerPoint file with all the hard work done for you!)

The site also has a way to do it with VBA:
Simulate a countdown timer using Sleep API has a tutorial:
Countdown Timer offers a free download:
PowerPoint Timer add-in
The add-in provides a variety of capabilities missing from PowerPoint itself. During a slideshow, it can:

  • Show the current time
  • Show the elapsed time of the presentation
  • Count down the time remaining for the presentation.
  • Optionally, it includes the ability to terminate the presentation at the end of a separately configurable grace period!

Also a tutorial on auto scheduling a PowerPoint show

Countdown with sound

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  Wednesday, April 11, 2007 – Permalink –

Animation Samples

A little taste

The samples on this site make use of advanced animations that are introduced in PowerPoint 2002/XP and above. They will not run correctly when viewing with PowerPoint 2000 or earlier versions. You are free to use it for your presentation as long as proper credit is given.

Note: The animations found in these presentations or showcases are done entirely using PowerPoint. NO animated gifs, video or flash are used.

Shawn Toh is awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for PowerPoint (MVP PowerPoint) and has been certified as Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS PowerPoint, Word, Excel).

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  Saturday, January 20, 2007 – Permalink –

Create Animation Schemes

Roll your own

When you click on Slide Show>Animation Schemes, the task pane will display pre-set animations.

You can create your own Animation Schemes.

Shyam Pillai from PowerPoint details the steps to take and a downloadable template.

Animation Schemes in PowerPoint

"The best part is that you can add/modify and distribute animation schemes of your own.
All the schemes are present in a read-only file quikanim.ppt located in
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\1033 

(the path may vary depending on the drive and installation folder).
This file is essentially a normal PowerPoint file. You can open the file in PowerPoint directly. However it is best to remove the read-only flag before opening it."

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