Some questions about animations in PowerPoint 2010?

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Some Powerpoint 2010 questions..
  • Can an animation be applied to a table - I don't think so but want to be sure
  1. Can animation be used with a master slide? Or is it just animation painter all the way if I want to apply the same animation to all my bullet point slides.
  1. Why is it that an effect applied to the top master slide sometimes does not affect all the other slides based on it?
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Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon

1. Not unless you break the table apart. But you can use a third party add-in such as Pro Tools from the publisher PPTAlchemy to do this for you. FYI, I am not affiliated with the publisher of this add-in but know that their products are of excellent quality. This is from their website regarding table animations:
Pro Tools includes a method of animating tables by cell, row or column that has previously required complex and unsatisfactory workarounds. The table is not destroyed and can still be edited.

2. Yes you can use animations within the custom layouts of slide masters.

3. This may be because the layouts are no longer "following" the slide master "parent" (the topmost layout in the slide master view). To confirm, try with a default Microsoft Office template.
What Jamie said.

For #3, first check the layouts as Jamie suggested, but also, your actual slide might not be based on one of the layouts that have animation applied. For example, if you've used a Title Only layout and added a textbox to it, the textbox won't pick up the master animation because that animation is applied to a placeholder (the box where it says "click to add text"). Or maybe you've used a Title and Content layout but you've deleted the content placeholder ("click to add text") and used a manual textbox for your bullet points instead.

Just an idea.
Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon

One small clarification of what I said in #1 is that you can animate a table but only as a whole object. For example, you could make a table fade in, move and then fade out (note that PowerPoint attempts to fade by rows from the top but without user control). What you cannot do without breaking it apart, using overlay shapes or a third part add-in is animate it by row, column or cell.
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@Jamie Garroch - your answer is exactly what I wanted to know..I know it can be done as an object but not row by row or column by column (the way a chart can be animated) but is useful to know that there are tools that can do it.
@Echo_S and @Jamie Garroch - I tried the Master Slide animation again and yes, works beautifully. That's very handy to know. I assume though that if I had a piece of SmartArt I would have to animate that separately?
I still keep coming across that thing of formatting a master slide with e.g. different font/text colour and not all the slides branching off it picking up on it. It's kind of random when it happens...and I can usually fix it but just wondering why it does happen...thank you both so much :-)
Usually the slide layouts (the smaller thumbnails beneath the large thumbnail in Master view) will pick up their formatting from the slide master (the big one). A few of the default layouts do have overrides that make them not pick up the formatting.

For example, the Content with Picture title placeholder is in a different position. You can turn the title placeholder off and then on again on the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon to get it to recomply.

I think that the comparison or two content layouts don't pick up font size changes. This is what I would consider a bug. :-) You have to do those manually.

But all of the content placeholders should pick up bullet formatting changes.

Now, if you have manually changed formatting on a layout, you break the connection to the master. Any subsequent changes you make on the master may or may not trickle down to the sullied layout. It's important to do your font changes on the slide master if you want to keep that relationship intact.

It's easy to break by mistake. I have done it a million times. So here are two tips.

1. Replace the messed up layout. If you screw up one of the default layouts, delete it. Then open a new, blank presentation, put it in master view, and copy the same layout you want to replace. In your messed up file in slide master view, paste the layout you copied from the blank master.

2. Make sure the master is selected In normal editing view, you can press Shift and click the Normal button down in the lower right to switch to Master view, where the layout of the slide you were on will be selected. (This is how I always end up making changes to the Title and Content layout instead of the Slide Master by mistake, argh.)  If you press Shift and double-click the Normal button, you will switch to Master view with the slide master selected. You're less likely to make mistakes then.
Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon

I knew about Shift + click Normal. But I did NOT know this:
If you press Shift and double-click the Normal button, you will switch to Master view with the slide master selected.
You are the Oracle and I bow to your superior knowledge oh great one ;-)
lolol! Julie and I learned about that from a patron, Jean-Gabriel Davy, at our template workshop during Presentation Summit 2016! Best tip evah!


Both contributors were extremely helpful here. Got an answer to a question that has bugged me for a long time and clarification on something  I had wondered about...

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