Unwanted jumps or position shifts in PowerPoint 2007

Hello,

Occasionally I notice in PowerPoint 2007, that when the same object or text box is present in two or more separate slides, there is an occasional jump or slight shift seen during the slideshow when changing from one slide to the next.  This happens despite the fact that in normal view, the objects (or text boxes, etc.), are in exactly the same location on the slides (i.e. there is no jump when changing from one slide to the other in normal view plus the horizontal and vertical position parameters are verified to be exactly the same).  Most commonly, this occurs when there is some type of motion (animation) connected to the object.  Can you explain why this happens and if and how it can be corrected?

A similar situation I have noticed is that on occasion, when a motion path is added to an object, when the slideshow is run, there will be a slight jump present at beginning of the motion path. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

Thanks, Steve
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GlennaShawConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If your animation is a motion path, the jump is occurring because either the start point or end point is not in the center of the object.  To fix this, right click on the slide and select Grida and Guides.  Uncheck Snap Objects to Grid and check Snap Objects to Other Objects.  You might also check display grid on screen since it helps you be more precise in placement of objects.  Click the Animations tab and click custom animations.  Click on the Motion Path itself.  Click on the End Point of the Motion Path that's near the center of the shape and drag it to the center.  It should Snap to the center of the object.
See also: http://www.indezine.com/mailers/sent/20081106.html
http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/powerpointtips/powerpoint_tip_match_motion_path_animations.html
 
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springroCommented:
Can you post an example of the problem?

I have seen similar issues with the current (and previous versions) of PowerPoint.
Once I finish my first slide and place all the objects I group them together, save my work, then I start each subsequent slide by copying my new "mini-master".  In one rare case I saved all the objects to a jpg and then created my own background.  

If you post a sample of the problem, I'll take a look.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Rob
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Echo_SCommented:
You can try double-clicking the animation in the animation pane to open the Animation Effect Options. For the motion paths, try checking (or unchecking) the "smooth start" option.
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Experts Exchange will not allow me to upload the ppt file but one example is a 5-word text box which uses the "unfold" animation for its entrance. For added emphasis, a simple line then appears underneath it.

Both the text box and the line were copied and pasted into the following slide and the animations deleted.  However, in the slideshow, changing from the first slide to the second slide causes the text box to jump up slightly. The only way to get rid of the jump is to raise the text box slightly in the first slide (first slide vertical setting = 5.63" with second slide vertical setting = 5.67").

This particular animation does not have smooth start/end options.
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Echo_SConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Oh, that's very unusual. Thank you for the specific example and description.

Only thing I can think is that PPT 2007 desperately needs local printer drivers it likes. You might see if this makes a difference -- as a test, just install this printer driver in this manner: http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00952.htm
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GlennaShawCommented:
Also try renaming the shape on the new slide.  On the Home tab, click Select, Section Pane.  If you left click slowly on the shape name, you can rename it.
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Glenna, I changed object name but did not resolve or change the jump...still about 0.04" off.

Echo, I need to wait for IT guy before doing anything with drivers.  Shouldn't be more than a couple of days tho.

Thanks for your suggestions.

BTW, does this mean that this jump problem is not something most ppt users experience?
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Echo_SConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, this is not something most PPT users experience.

It's standard for the copy/paste -- well, the paste -- to be offset when you paste the obejct on the same slide it's copied from. But when you paste to another slide, it should be in exactly the same spot as the original.

I've seen this on occasion when the pasted object is a group and when it is positioned partially off the edge of the slide. But it's not common at all, and I couldn't tell you why those particular "partially off the edge of the slide" obects didn't paste exactly in position -- when others that seemed to have the same properties would.
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Hmmm...well, all this is is a text box.  I realize that it offsets if you try to paste it back into the same slide you copied it from. However, this text was copied from one slide and pasted into the next slide in the series. It is not part of a group object and no part of it is extending beyond the edge of the screen. The only difference is that it has an entrance animation in the first slide and no animation at all in the second slide.  It seems that it must be something related to the animation because, if I take the animation off, no jump occurs between the slides.  Also, this is not an isolated event. It occurs fairly frequently on my slideshows when animations are present.
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Echo_SCommented:
I don't know, then. I haven't seen that happen.
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Echo_SCommented:
But I'd still try the printer driver thing. Sounds weird, I know, but worth a try.
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Echo_SCommented:
oooooh, Glenna, you're brilliant!
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