When you’re animating a PowerPoint presentation, you’re not limited to the stock animations that come preloaded with PowerPoint. If you want to create a custom animation to achieve a very specific effect, you have that option, and here’s how to do it.
- In Microsoft PowerPoint, start by creating a shape. Then click on the Animations tab at the top of the screen to open up the animation toolbar. Open the animation menu, and choose any of the animation effects.
- Click on the Animation pane button on the right side of your screen. From here, you can customize this animation. You can click on the effect options button and select different effects. You can use the dropdown menus on the right (Effect Options, Timing, Text Animations) for more options, like changing the color of the shape once the animation is complete, adding a sound effect, or setting a delay.
- Next, you can add add a path to your shape. Select your shape and then click on the Path Animation icon. You can choose a predetermined path, or you can freeform draw a custom path using these tools. You can manipulate the path of your animation, adjusting what happens after it is complete, how it is triggered, and the timing.
Note: The instructions and video tutorial are for Macs. For PC instructions, click here.