Assigning animations seemed much simpler and PowerPoint 2007 vs. version 2010

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I can't remember exactly what it looked like now but it seems like it was much easier to assign animations in PowerPoint 2007 vs. 2010.  It seems like there was a small drop-down box or at least a list to choose from rather than being required to scroll through all these big option icons.  Is that capability still available in 2010 somewhere?

Question by:Steve_Brady
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    Yes, click the button for Animation Pane on the Animations tab. You'll still have to go to the Ribbon to do various things, though. (Gotta love it when Microsoft "improves" things this way, dontcha?)

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    Thanks Echo.  However, I am not referring to the Animation Pane.  Rather, I'm talking about the simple list from which to choose the animations you want placed in the Animation Pane.  In fact, it seems like it included some of the basic (most common) animations as well as others that were recently used.  Does that sound familiar?  If so, is there a way to access it in PowerPoint 2010?  Thanks again.

    PS  Per your solution in my other thread, I have added Add Animation to my QAT.  Unfortunately, it still displays all of the big icons.  I know that there are those who prefer GUI's and pictures all over the place but for those of us who would rather use the real estate more efficiently, it sure is a frustration (e.g. the "Recent" list in all the Office apps).  I know many people like the colors, etc., and imo, it does enhance the learning process, but you'd think that they would at least have it as an option -- to just show a simple list (even with a smaller icon to the side of each choice) -- especially since it has always been that way in the past.  I can't imagine that it would take up that much more space on the install CD/DVD, or conflict with or slow down the app, etc. -- ["But I'm no doctor."  ~Brian Regan]  
    OK, end of my rant.  I do feel much better tho!  :)
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    oooh, yeah. If you click the Add Animation button then More Entrance Animations (at the bottom of that gallery), you'll get that dialog. I think that's what you're referring to. There's one for emphasis and another for exit and a fourth for motion paths.

    It's unfortunate that the animation isn't more streamlined altogether. (I completely understand your rant!) I think that, in attempting to make the animations easier for casual users, Microsoft really screwed it up for the users who already understood how to use them. I very much hope they revisit and revise this in future. (Sooner rather than later would certainly be nice!)
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    Oh, but I should clarify that if you're looking for the small Add Animation button that you could click to then choose Entrance / Emphasis / Exit / Motion Path (at the top of the Animation Pane), unfortunately that's no longer available. MSFT has deemed it in our best interest to go back to the Add Animation button on the Ribbon and wade through all of that stuff to get to the animations we used recently.

    (Can you hear the sarcasm? ;-) )

    Wish I had a better answer for you -- or at least some kind of workaround -- but I got nuthin'.

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