Visio-like drawings in Powerpoint

I have a chart whereby I want to overlay 'arrows' to show direction of workflow on the chart.  I've been told that there is a way to use color coding in Powerpoint so that at the click of a button a batch of arrows will be displayed in one color, and then at the click of a button a new and different  batch of arrows will be displayed in a different color.  I'm trying to avoid having to use VISIO to construct layers of drawings.  How would I do this in Powerpoint?  Thanks

PS   I have Powerpoint 2010
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

Not sure to understand what you want

as an example I created 3 slides with 2 shapes and 2 different arrows

In slide view a Click will transition from 1 to 3

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PMTrainingProfessionalsAuthor Commented:
In Visio one can create a master diagram with other diagrams subordinate to the master diagram.  Hence once can click and drill down to see the lower level diagrams.  Can color coding be used in Powerpoint to accomplish the same objective?
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
I do not see how it would be easier in PPT than in Visio

Maybe another expert will have a better answer
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Echo_SCommented:
No, you can't do this in PowerPoint without a lot of manual work (or VBA). I agree with Rgonzo1971 that it won't be any easier in PowerPoint than it is in Visio.
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PMTrainingProfessionalsAuthor Commented:
The person that suggested this approach to me indicated that Powerpoint has a feature to turn certain colors on and off ... at a click.  Essentially hiding arrows while displaying other arrows.  Can this be done easily with Powerpoint?
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Echo_SCommented:
No. Well, maybe. It depends on what exactly you're expecting PowerPoint to do for you.

You can add animations that would disappear and appear arrows with a click of the mouse, but it's not a color-based thing. You'd have to select the arrows you want to hide and add an exit animation, then select the other arrows you want to display and add an entrance animation. Basically you'd have some animation work to do to make things happen as you describe. But it's not like pressing a button and saying, "Hide all blue arrows."
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
I was about to offer the same suggestion that Echo just did -- I think animations can do what you need.

From the Visio standpoint, what you want to do is quite possible. It requires power user rather than user skils, by which I mean that you will need to use the ShapeSheet, but you wouldn't need to write any code. Some combination of ShapeSheet formula and Visio data graphics can easily make shapes appear and disappear or change color.
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Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and DeveloperCommented:
I decided that an example might be useful. It's pretty trivial but illustrates the point.

Double-click the short, fat arrows and the arrow of the same color will appear and disappear.
Show-hide-on-double-click.vsd
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Echo_SCommented:
You'd have to set up trigger animations to do that. Here's a quick tutorial on triggers in PPT: http://echosvoice.com/triggers-ppt-2002-2003/ It's a bit out of date, but the triggers still work the same, and that dialog is still the same. In PPT 2013 and 2016, you can also find the Trigger options  on the Animations tab of the Ribbon.
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