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Using Motion Paths

Motion Paths are used to move an object on a slide along a path drawn by you. For example, you could have a car drive across your slide. There are preset motion paths or you can create your own custom path.

Add a Preset Motion Path

  1. Click the Custom Animation button in the Animations group of the Animations tab
  2. Select the object on the slide that you want to animate
  3. Click the Add Effect button and select Motion Paths from the menu
  4. Using motion paths in a presentation

  5. Select one of the preset paths
  6. Or

    Click More Motion Paths to see a full list of motion paths available

    Add Motion Path dialogue box
  7. Select a motion path and click Ok
  8. An outline of the motion path is displayed on the slide and a preview is shown

    Motion Path set to a picture

Edit a Preset Motion Path

A Motion Path can be modified after it is inserted.

  1. Select the Motion Path you want to edit
  2. White handles appear at the points of the Motion Path that you can edit

  3. Hover the mouse pointer over one of the editing handles until it changes to a double headed arrow
  4. Click and drag a Motion Path's Editing points as required, releasing the mouse button when happy

Add a Custom Motion Path

  1. Select the object on the slide that you want to animate
  2. Click the Add Effect button and select Motion Paths from the menu
  3. Select Draw Custom Path
  4. Draw custom motion paths

  5. Select the type of path you want to use from the menu of options
  6. Line - Draw a line for the object to follow. Hold down the Shift keywhilst dragging for a straight line. Press Esc when completed

    Curve - Draw a curved path. Click at the start of the path and then again at every point where the line will curve. Press Esc when completed

    Freeform - Draw paths with straight and curved lines. Press Esc when completed

    Scribble - Freehand drawing tool for your Motion Path. Press Esc when completed

  7. The animation preview and outline of the Motion Path are shown on the slide
  8. Custom Motion Path added to an image on the slide

Edit a Custom Motion Path

  1. Right mouse click on the Motion Path
  2. Select Edit Points from the shortcut menu
  3. The Editing Points are displayed along the Motion Path

    Editing points

  4. Click and drag the required Editing Points to their new position

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