Tame your computer - try marvellous Morph

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to fade pictures, shapes and text in and out using Morph (PowerPoint for Microsoft 365).

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Back in July last year, as the pandemic put an end to face-to-face events, the Cambridge Science Park took all its events online and I was asked to share some of my top tips with their community. With eight webinars under my belt and introduced by the organisers as "one of the Park's favourite presenters" (what’s the point of publishing your own tips if you cannot occasionally blow your own trumpet? ;) ) I was asked to develop and deliver two more sessions.

So this week I’ve been prepping for the “What’s new in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook” webinar and have fallen in love with PowerPoint’s Morph functionality. You can find it on the Transition tab and although I normally recommend people to avoid special effects between slides and keep things simple, I really like the subtleness of this one.

Here’s how:

  1. Create your slides, as normal.

  2. Move, resize or delete pictures, shapes and text.

  3. In the Outline pane on the left, select the slides you want to apply the special effect to. For example, click on slide 2 and while holding down your SHIFT key click on the last slide.

  4. On the Transitions tab, select Morph.

Anything you add will fade in. Anything you delete will fade out.

Microsoft says that to use the Morph transition effectively, you'll need to have two slides with at least one object in common. So you might want to start off duplicating your slide (CTRL + D, anyone?), move one of the pictures on the second slide to a different place and apply the Morph transition to the second slide.

Click here to watch Microsoft’s fabulous video morphing the planets. But I think it works fine on all sort of slides and you might want to have a look at my simple example.

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I have reopened classroom training for up to two people per session. And remember, we never cancel classes due to insufficient enrolments, so if you’re lucky you might have a one-to-one session. I will also continue to deliver the ever-growing list of 60-minute webinars, inspired by your real-life questions, addressing day-to-day tasks and frustrations.

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Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.

12 April  2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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