Start a PowerPoint 2007 Animation with a Trigger - dummies

Start a PowerPoint 2007 Animation with a Trigger

By Peter Weverka

A PowerPoint trigger let’s you play an animation on a slide whenever you want to play it. To play a trigger animation, you just click the element on the PowerPoint slide that has been triggered. You can also arrange to click a trigger element and play an animation on another part of your slide.

Triggers offer these advantages over conventional animations:

  • You can bypass the Custom Animation list and play an animation whenever you want. Simply click an element to animate it.

  • You can choose not to play an animation on a slide. If during your presentation you decide not to play an animation, don’t click its trigger.

  • You can change course in the middle of a presentation and use an animation to enlighten your audience about some aspect of the slide. For example, suppose your slide shows a table and someone in the audience asks about data on the table. Using a trigger, you can click the table and bring a chart on-screen that helps explain information in the.

  • You can connect elements on a slide to one another and make the connection a part of your presentation. For example, your slide shows a photograph with a caption. Using a trigger, you click the photograph to enlarge the caption and make it easier to read by using the Change Font Size emphasis effect.

As you know, you click a slide to start an animation or advance to the next slide in the presentation. If you employ triggers on your slide, you must be careful where you click, because clicking an element accidentally may trigger an animation, and clicking in the wrong place may advance your presentation to the next slide.