Motion Paths

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Use motion paths to specify a pattern or path for an object to move in, i.e. you can set an object to start at one location and end at another or to 'dance' in a star-shaped pattern.

Adding a Motion Path (Shape)

  1. Display the slide you wish to apply animation to in Normal view.
  2. Display the Animations ribbon.
  3. Select the object(s) you wish to customize. (If you select more than one object they will all receive the same animation effect.)
  4. Click on the Add Animations Add Animations button the select More Motions Paths from the bottom of the list. The following options appear:
  5. Providing that Preview Effect is selected at the bottom left corner, click on an effect to preview it.
  6. Choose OK to apply the effect.
  7. Move and size the animation effect as you would an image by dragging the handles.
  8. Control the timing of the effect. Refer to the Animations Ribbon article for more information.

Draw Your Own Path

You can draw your own path to specify a path for an object to move in, i.e. you can set an object to start at one location and end at another. This feature might be used to show an arrow that moves and points to a particular object on a slide.

  1. Display the slide you wish to apply animation to in Normal view.
  2. Display the Animations ribbon.
  3. Select the object(s) you wish to customize. (If you select more than one object they will all receive the same animation effect.)
  4. Click on the Add Animations Add Animations button then scroll to the bottom of the list to display the following choices:
  5. Motion Paths

  6. Select Custom Paths from the bottom of the list.
  7. Drag your mouse on your slide to show the path you wish the object to travel. Double-click at the end of the path. A path line will display on your slide showing the motion path, e.g.
  8. Motion Path

    In the above illustration notice that the object (the arrow) is placed off the side of the slide. In this way the arrow will not appear during the slide show until the animation runs. Another way to control when an object appears is by adding an entrance effect to it first.

  9. Move and size the animation effect as you would an image by dragging the handles.
  10. Control the timing of the effect. Refer to the Animations Ribbon article for more information.

Edit a Motion Path

Although each motion path shape is different, they all display a beginning and an ending character, as well as the path, e.g.:

  1. Drag the beginning (green) handle to move the beginning position.
  2. Drag the ending (red) handle to move the ending position.

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