PowerPoint 2013 Introduction – Lesson Eight – Customising Slide Elements

The information in this module can help you to create a presentation that really dazzles your audience. We’ll cover how to add a header and footer for information you want to appear on every slide. This module also explains how to add a standard or custom animation. We’ll learn how to use the animation painter to save time and make your animations more consistent. We’ll also discuss slide transitions and slide advance options.

Adding a Header or Footer

You can add a standard footer to your slides that includes the date and time (a fixed date and time, or a date and time that is updated each time you open the presentation), the slide number, and custom text, such as the company or presentation name. For your notes and handouts, you can add headers and footers on your pages.

Use the following procedure to open the Header and Footer dialog box.

  1. Select the Insert tab from the Ribbon.
  2. Select Header & Footer.

Shown here is the Header and Footer Dialog box.

Shown here is how to add a custom footer. Use the following procedure.

  1. On the Header and Footer dialog box, check the Footer box on the Slide tab.
  2. Insert the text for your footer.

Creating a Standard Animation

Animation creates movement in your presentation. The Animations gallery includes several options for animating objects or text. You can use animation entrance effects, emphasis effects, exit effects, or motion paths. You can also control whether to animate the elements on your page individually or all as one object.

Use the following procedure to apply a standard animation using the animation gallery.

  1. Select the placeholder for the object you want to animate.
  2. Select the Animations tab from the Ribbon.
  3. Select the small down arrow next to the types of animations to see the entire gallery.

  1. Select the type of animation you want to apply.

Shown here is the Effect Options.

Use the following procedure to use the Animation pane to preview an animation.

  1. Select the Animation Pane tool from the Animations tab on the Ribbon.

Animation Pane

  1. Click Play to preview the animation.

Creating a Custom Animation

PowerPoint 2013 allows you to customize your animations in many ways. You can control when to start the animation, how long it should last, and any delay. You can even use multiple animations on one object. The subsequent animations are applied after the previous one has finished, but you can change the order of the animations, if desired.

Shown here are the TIMING options on the Animation tab of the Ribbon.

Use the following procedure to add multiple animations.

  1. After applying the first animation, select the next animation from the Add Animation gallery on the Animations tab of the Ribbon. The gallery includes the same options as the Animation gallery.

Shown here is the Appear dialog box. The Text Animation and SmartArt Animation tabs are shown as examples.

Using the Animation Painter

The Animation Painter allows you to quickly apply the same animation characteristics from one object to another.

Use the following procedure to use the Animation Painter.

  1. Select the object placeholder that has the animation properties that you want to copy.
  2. Select the Animation Painter tool.

The cursor changes to an Animation Painter cursor.

  1. Select the object you want to format with the same properties.

Animation Painter Cursor

The cursor returns to normal after applying the animation properties once. You can always repeat the process to format more objects with the same properties.

Adding a Slide Transition

A slide transition determines how slides transition from one slide to the next during your presentation. The Transitions gallery includes several options for transitioning to the current slide. There are also a number of effect options, depending on which transition you select, to further customize your transition.

If you want to add the same transition to multiple slides at once, simply select multiple slides from the Slides tab before choosing the transition.

Use the following procedure to apply a transition.

  1. Select the Transitions tab from the Ribbon.
  2. Select the small down arrow next to the types of transitions to see the entire gallery.

  1. Select the type of transition you want to apply.

Shown here is the Effect Options for several different types of transitions.

Setting Slide Advance Options

You can also set up a slide so that it automatically advances without clicking. By setting a sound, when the slide appears, your chosen sound plays.

Use the following procedure to advance a slide automatically.

  1. Select the slide(s) you want to advance the same way from the Slides tab.

  1. Select the After box on the Timing group of the Transitions tab on the Ribbon.
  2. Enter the number of seconds to wait between slides. Use the up and down arrows to adjust the time.

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