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Kurt’s Power Tip #5: Easy transition and animation preview in PowerPoint

Until today, most of the Power Tips in this blog have been Word tips. But there are three other major apps in the Office for Mac suite, and for each there is a wide range of tips to share with you. So, this is my first tip for PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

You may have noticed the little icons that often appear at the upper left of the slide thumbnails:

You might also have figured out that these icons appear when a slide has a
transition () or when one or more objects on the slide have animations attached to them (). This is very useful information to get a glance, whether you are creating a new presentation from scratch (“Did I put a transition on slide 17?”), or you are given a finished PowerPoint file to use in an upcoming presentation (“Why does only slide 6 have a transition? I hope the speaker notes give me an answer.”).

This week’s tip is that these little icons are also buttons that enable you to quickly and easily preview the transitions and animations, as you can see in this short video:

I hope this tip makes you more efficient while you are preparing for your next presentation. See you next week.

-Kurt Schmucker, Office for Mac Evangelist

April 12th, 2011
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  1. Geoffrey Schumann says:

    Nicely done, the tips were a great help.

  2. James says:

    Those icons are BUTTONS! Never would have guessed that. Thanks for this tip — and all the others.

  3. Jay says:

    Powerpoint for Mac is just an awesome presentation tool. It does everything I need it to, great job this piece of software.

  4. Diana says:

    These tips are really useful, and fun to read. I check the Mactopia website every week to see any new ones. Please keep writing them, Kurt.