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Creating Animations in PowerPoint

Keeping learners engaged is one of the most common challenges of digital training. People prefer rich, dynamic content they can interact with — not static slides to passively absorb information from. This engagement can be achieved by using animation in eLearning courses.

Let’s see how to create one of the most popular animation types – PowerPoint triggers for on-click interactions. A trigger is a clickable button on the slide that launches a few animations simultaneously. See below how it works:

Here’s what you need to do to create such an interaction in PowerPoint:

1. Find a nice background image. Insert it into your PPT slide and stretch it so that it fills the entire slide.

2. Add an object that will become the button that triggers the animations. It can be an image, or as in our case, a simple shape.

3. Select this shape on the slide and click on FormatSelection Pane. Double-click the highlighted object and rename it to Open button. Actually, we recommend renaming all important objects on your slides via the Selection Pane, as this makes it much easier to assign animations to them.

4. Create two new slide objects: a text box and another button. This button will close the pop-up.

Now, select the Open and Close buttons along with the textbox. Of course, this can be done on the slide itself, but we recommend doing that on the Selection Pane. Simply hold down the Left Ctrl key and click each of the items that you’d like to select there:

6. Now that you have these objects selected, go to AnimationsAdd AnimationEntrance: Fade and then Add AnimationExit: Fade.

7. Click on Animation Pane to see the entire list of animations on this slide. It should look like this:

8. Now we’re ready to set up triggers. Select the Entrance animations for the close button and the textbox, then click on TriggerOn Click of and select the Open button shape. What this means is that when the Open button is clicked, the textbox and the Close button will appear.

9. Following the same logic, trigger the exit animations of the same objects with  a click on the Close button. Here’s what you should see in the Animation Pane after this step:

10. But what about the Open button? The idea is simple: when you click the Open button, it should disappear, and when you hit the Close button, it appears again. So, all that’s left to do is to move the Open button animations under corresponding triggers like this:

The interaction is now ready and you can now play it in PowerPoint. If you’d like to add more visuals to the pop-up, like an image or another textbox, just follow the exact same process and add their animations to the existing triggers.

And if you want to dive deeper into this topic, make sure to read this article in our blog. Do you use animations in your eLearning? How long does it take you to create one? Feel free to share your insights in the comment section below! 🙂

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