You can add a lot of pizazz to your presentation by applying custom animations to SmartArt.
After creating the desired SmartArt, select the object by clicking on it. The object will appear in a frame.
From the Animations tab on the ribbon, select an animation for the SmartArt. By clicking on the More button you can see the entire library! As you slide your mouse over a selection, you will see a live preview of the way the animation will appear.
Click the Effect Options button on the Animations tab to build the slide one piece of the object at a time. Click the Preview button on the left end of the Animations tab to review the effects you have chosen.
For even more control over the effects, click the Animation Pane button and a task pane will open on the right side of the Window. Each part of the animation will be listed, and by clicking on the drop down menus, you can select even more options! (The numbers in the task pane correspond to the numbers that appear to the left of the SmartArt object.)
- Irene Heckert, Microsoft Office Expert; CTT, MCAS, ITIL Certified, MOS LinkIn with Irene