Instructions on how to use animations in PowerPoint 2007

I have created 5 screencasts showing some simple ways on how to use animations within PowerPoint to create learning objects. These sequence follows on from an earlier sequence of clips, showing how to craw in PowerPoint –

The second clip shows possibly the simplest form of animation which is to get items to ‘appear’. I personally prefer the ‘Appear’ option to having things ‘flying in’ from the side, as I think it looks cleaner and crisper, and if you have lots of flying animations, people can become sea-sick.

The third clip uses the ’emphasis’ animation option, which I think is very under-used (a lot of people don’t know about it). It takes a bit of experimenting to get things to look good and not ‘tacky’ but I have created some very effective Presentations using the emphasis options.

The forth clip use something called ‘Triggers’ which again is very under-used. Most PowerPoint presentations are linear – where the tutor pre-determines the order that the presentation will progress and then during delivery that order is followed with only the ability to move forwards and backwards. Triggers allow you to create animation that are then ‘triggered’ by clicking on something, and thus you can move away from the linear nature of a presentation.

Triggers are used in many of the PowerPoint resources available on my website at

The final clip in the sequence, combines the idea of emphasis (clip 3) with the idea of triggers (clip 4) to create a diagram where clicking on parts of the diagram draws emphasis to that part of the diagram.

The videos above although produced by myself belong to the JISC RSC SE

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  1. […] tools within PowerPoint to create a well formatted diagram such as a flowchart, I then showed how to use animations with this […]

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