Hiding Objects Before Animations In PowerPoint


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Animations for PowerPoint help you make your presentations dynamic and effective. Instead of having a sequence of static slides, if you venture out to present it with the help of animated objects, then it will make the audience attentive and interactive. Often PowerPoint serves as an easy and efficient tool to do this. However, while incorporating several animations for the number of objects that you are going to present; sometimes one object may interfere with the animation of the other. The objects may contain images, tables, SmartArt etc that move around the screen while the slides are on the show. In order to make the presentation worth watching, the first object should fade as the animation for the second object commences.

Accomplishing this feature is not a big task with PowerPoint. A simple procedure for the same is described here.

  • First of all you should open the Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation that you want to work with. On the left side of the window there is a list of slides. Among them you have to select the slide that contains the object which you want to hide.
  • Before the animation starts playing you have to click on the object that you want to hide.
  • Now you need to click on the Animations tab at the top of the screen and then on the Add Animation button on the ribbon. Then you should choose any animation under the heading Exit, because this will allow the objects to disappear.


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  • Now you need to select the Move Earlier button in the Reorder Animation area of the ribbon. This will move your first animation to exit before the second animation begins on the screen. You can see the digit 1 appearing next to the new object and the digit 2 appearing next to the old animated object.
  • If you want to select the old animation, you should click on the 2 digit. Then you should click on the drop down menu near to the Start in the Timing area of the ribbon. Now you have to choose After Previous from the menu. As soon the object hides, your animation will automatically play.

As you may have observed, it is not a tough job to organize your presentations with PowerPoint. I hope the above description is very helpful in managing the animations for PowerPoint as you can make the slide show very attractive.

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