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Weekly Computer Tip # 195
28 April 2007

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quickly add subtle animation effects (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Clear, persuasive communication - between individuals, within teams, among departments, to clients - is a vital part of any successful organisation. In our popular Boost PowerPoint beyond bullet points seminar we talk about a simple seven-step program to create professional PowerPoint presentations that will keep your audience through the length of your talk. (See http://www.roem.co.uk/beyond_bullet_points.html). One of these seven steps is "Keep it simple", encouraging you to use animations and transitions sparingly. That said, animated bullets have their place and the one I like best (and my delegates seem to agree) is PowerPoint's predesigned animation scheme "fade in and dim".

Here's how:

  1. In the Slides tab of Normal view or in Slide Sorter view, select the slide(s) to which the animation scheme is to be added.
  2. Choose the Slide Show, Animation Schemes command, or select the Animation Schemes option on the shortcut menu (from Slide Sorter view).
  3. In the Animation Schemes section of the Slide Design task pane, under Subtle, click on Fade in and dim.

The animation scheme is applied to the selected slide(s) and is previewed in the slide thumbnail. Bonus tip: You can preview the current animation scheme again by clicking on the Play button at the bottom of the task pane.

Finally, the reason this tip is a day late is because I couldn't get any flights home on Thursday. So I was stuck in Cape Town on Freedom Day, a public holiday celebrated on 27 April. Plans of sitting at the pool with a good book were shattered as it was raining. And when I headed to the empty office to do some work I noticed I had mislaid my entry fob and couldn't get in. Freedom Day after all!

Until next week.

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