How to reverse grow/shrink animation in powerpoint

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PowerPoint animations are used to provide emphasis and impact to a presentation. Effects fall into several categories: entrance, exit, emphasis and motion paths. The grow/shrink effect is in the emphasis category. The default grow/shrink effect makes the object larger; it expands into view. Just as its name states, the effect can also shrink an object from view.

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    Select the object or text to be grown or shrunk. In this example, the title slide will be used. A title slide has a title heading and a subtitle centred in the middle of the slide. The title slide is often the first slide in a presentation, informing the audience of the purpose of the presentation. For example, a presentation titled "ACME Sales Strategy" might use the date of the presentation as a subtitle. In the "Title" portion of the slide, type "Test Title." Leave the subtitle portion empty.

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    Go to the "Animations" tab and click on the "Custom Animation" option on the "Animations" panel.

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    Press the down arrow beside "Add Effect" in the "Custom Animation" dialogue box.

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    Go to "Emphasis," then "4. Grow/Shrink." The "Custom Animation" dialogue box has a pane that shows the emphasis used along with the selected text. It reads: "1 [picture of the mouse] [grow/shrink icon] Title 1: Test title." This information shows that the title text is the first animation that will be played using the grow/shrink effect.

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    Double-click "1 [picture of the mouse] [grow/shrink icon] Title 1: Test title." The "Grow/Shrink" dialog box opens. This box allows the user to change the properties of the grow/shrink effect.

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    Place a check beside the "Auto-reverse" option on the "Effect" tab. Press "OK." The text will grow, then shrink.

Tips and warnings

  • Many of the grow/shrink effects such as speed, size and timing can be customised from its dialogue box and the "Custom Animation" pane.

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