One of the animation tools in PowerPoint is the Motion Path that moves an object or text on the slide along a defined path. A picture could move in a spiral or text could fly in from the left, bounce twice and fall off the right side of the slide. The ability to draw a custom Motion Path animation allows you to do anything you can imagine with the objects in the happy world of your PowerPoint presentation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Click to select the object you want to animate in PowerPoint. Click on the "Animation" tab and then click "Custom Animation." The Custom Animation box will appear to the right of the slide.
Click the "Add Effect" button in the Custom Animation box then point to "Motion Paths" and point to "Draw Custom Path." Choose the Line, Curve, Freeform or Scribble. The "Line" tool will let you draw a single line in any direction. Click at the point where you want the object to start and drag the mouse and click again where you want the animation to finish. The "Curve" tool will create a curved path between different points --- each time you click the mouse it will set a new point --- press "Enter" or double-click the mouse on your last point. The "Freeform" tool lets you begin drawing the animation with a pencil tool and then after clicking to draw straight lines with each click until you double-click or press "Enter." The "Scribble" tool allows you to draw, freehand with a pencil tool until you click to stop.
Move or edit the animation path once you've drawn it. Click the Move Path animation in the list on the right then click the drop-down menu above it labelled "Path." Select "Edit Points" to change the path you drew or choose "Reverse Path" to send the object in the opposite direction. Click the "Change" button at the top of the Custom Animation box and point to "Motion Paths" and then "Draw Custom Path" and choose an option to redraw the animation if you want.
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