Microsoft PowerPoint 2007: Adding a Motion Path

In this exercise, you will learn how to add a motion path to objects using Microsoft PowerPoint - similar to the following example.




Step #1. Download the three images below. This can be accomplished by clicking on each link below. Once an image is displayed, right-click on the image and choose "Save Picture As."   Note: On some browsers this option is labeled "Save Image As."

Step #2. Insert the images onto a blank PowerPoint slide. To do this, press the tab "Insert" then select "Picture." A dialogue box will then open allowing you to select your picture. When finished, your application should look similar to the figure below.

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Step #3. Insert the chess pieces. To do this, press the tab "Insert" then select "Picture." A dialogue box will then open allowing you to select your picture. Once inserted, move the images to the correct squares. When finished, your applications should look similar to the figure below.

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Step #4. Select the tab "Animation" then select "Custom Animation." Next press the pull-down menu "Add Effect" and choose "Motion Paths." Next select "Draw Custom Path" and choose the option "Line." Now draw a line starting at the knight going up two squares. When finished, your applications should look similar to the figure below.

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After completing Step #4, PowerPoint should like similar to the following screen capture.

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Step #5. Repeat the previous step, this time adding a motion path one square to the left. When finished, your applications should look similar to the figure below.

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Step #6. Change the "Start" value from "On Click" to "After previous." If this step is omitted, the knight would move up. After a second click the knight would move to the left. However, by changing this value, both animations will occur on a single click. When finished, your applications should look similar to the figure below.

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Step #7 - Repeat Steps 4, 5, and 6 with the bishop. You have now successfully added two motion paths. Finished!