Tame your computer - animate to stimulate


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she offers a way to 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 programme to create professional PowerPoint presentations  that will keep your audience engaged 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.

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2003.
Most of what is covered however will also apply to earlier versions.

10 May 2007

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 http://www.roem.co.uk


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support