Applying animation to a portion of a text box


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mrutman

I am using PowerPoint 2007 on Win Vista.

How do I apply animation to either a single paragraph or a group of words
within a paragraph but not to the entire text within the box? I selected the
words (or paragraph) and then added the effect using the custom animation
tool, but the result applies to the entire text within the box.

Triple clicking a paragraph within a text box selects the entire text on
some slides, while on other slides only the paragraph is selected. What
causes these two different responses to the same command?
 
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David Marcovitz

I am using PowerPoint 2007 on Win Vista.

How do I apply animation to either a single paragraph or a group of words
within a paragraph but not to the entire text within the box? I selected the
words (or paragraph) and then added the effect using the custom animation
tool, but the result applies to the entire text within the box.

Triple clicking a paragraph within a text box selects the entire text on
some slides, while on other slides only the paragraph is selected. What
causes these two different responses to the same command?

Are you trying to animate text within a placeholder or text in a text box
that you added? I am pretty sure this is possible in the former, but I don't
think it is possible in the latter.

--David

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David M. Marcovitz
Author of _Powerful PowerPoint for Educators_
http://www.PowerfulPowerPoint.com/
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP
Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland
 
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John Wilson

You can't animate words in a paragraph but you should be able to animate by
paragraph. Are you sure you have separate paragraphs (not just lines of
text)

mrutman said:
I am using PowerPoint 2007 on Win Vista.

How do I apply animation to either a single paragraph or a group of words
within a paragraph but not to the entire text within the box? I selected
the
words (or paragraph) and then added the effect using the custom animation
tool, but the result applies to the entire text within the box.

Triple clicking a paragraph within a text box selects the entire text on
some slides, while on other slides only the paragraph is selected. What
causes these two different responses to the same command?

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Mel

I am using PowerPoint 2007 on Win Vista.

How do I apply animation to either a single paragraph or a group of words
within a paragraph but not to the entire text within the box?  I selected the
words (or paragraph) and then added the effect using the custom animation
tool, but the result applies to the entire text within the box.

Triple clicking a paragraph within a text box selects the entire text on
some slides, while on other slides only the paragraph is selected.  What
causes these two different responses to the same command?

Since your triple click is selecting the entire paragraph, as it
should, I'd say you have multiple lines of text, that might appear to
be paragraphs, but are not. Instead, it is one big paragraph of text,
and therefore will behave as you describe when animating. Perhaps it's
spaced to look like individual paragraphs. It might also have line
breaks to look like paragraphs, too. Just test it. Select all the text
then in the Line Spacing tool click Line Spacing Options. Change AFTER
to 12 or a larger number than what's there, then click OK. Did you get
more spacing between the "paragraphs"? If not, you have no paragraphs,
just spaced text in one big paragraph.

To animate a few words, you'll have to overlay another text box with
the text lined up and animate it separately to look like it's text in
the larger group.

-Melina
 

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