Animating PowerPoint with Motion Paths - dummies

By Peter Weverka

Animate your PowerPoint 2007 slides by placing slide elements on a motion path — a route that an element follows around a slide. For example, you can make a word or image travel in a zigzag path or bounce up and down to the ground.

PowerPoint offers about 65 different motion paths. Unless you’re extremely picky, you can find one that suits you by going to the Animations tab and following these steps:

1. Click the Custom Animation button.

The Custom Animation task pane opens.

2. Select the element on your slide that you want to move during the presentation.

3. Click the Add Effect button.

4. Select Motion Paths on the drop-down list.

You see a submenu of motion paths.

5. Either select a motion path on the submenu, or select More Motion Paths and choose a path in the Add Motion Path dialog box.

After you make your selection, PowerPoint places the motion path on the slide so that you can see how the element moves when it is animated.

PowerPoint places an arrow on either end of the motion path. The green arrow shows you where the motion begins, and the red arrow shows where it ends.

Use motion paths in conjunction with effects that enlarge or shrink elements. The sight of an element crossing a slide as it gets larger or smaller is a nice sight indeed and one that will impress your friends and your enemies.