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Your Electronic Presentation: Get Prepared

Advantages to electronic presentations:

·       You can change right up to the last minute

·       Slide transition and animations provide more control over pacing.

·       Text and graphic animations capture attention and help illustrate the points you want to make.

·       You can use multimedia effects such as sound and video to your best advantage.  

Animations and Slide Transitions

 When you use an animation, each time you click the mouse, another item on your slide appears. This is known as progressive disclosure.  It keeps the audience from reading ahead of you while you’re still making a point related to the first item on your slide.  In Slide Show menu you can use the Preset Animation and Custom Animation commands to apply animations to selected items on a slide.  When you move to the next item in an animation, previously displayed items can be dimmed, hidden, or changed to a different color.  You can set text items, including bullets and titles, to animate one character, one word or one paragraph at a time.  You can create more than one animation per slide, and determine the order in which they are activated.

 You can also add special transitions between slides by clicking Slide Transition (in Slide Show menu).  Advancing to the next slide automatically activates any transition effects you apply which can include sound effects. 
Buttons on the animation toolbar can help you quickly apply animations to items on your slides.  To display the animations toolbar click Toolbars (View menu) and then click Animation Effects.

 Hidden Slides

When you prepare your presentation, you may anticipate any difficult questions that might come up and have slides ready to answer them.  If your slides contain information that you would rather not discuss unless absolutely necessary use the Hide Slide command (Slide Show menu) to hide them.  During the presentation you can use them or skip them if not necessary to your discussion. 


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This page was updated on:  04/10/02