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How to combine motion paths in Microsoft PowerPoint



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You can assign multiple motion tracks to a single object in PowerPoint, but if you do not combine them, the item is restored to its original position before performing the next animation. Combine the motion tracks for a smooth, smooth transition.

Assign and Combine Motion Tracks

Let's assume that you have an object that you want to bounce to the left and then release a piece in its final position. You can assign a single object with multiple motion paths, but if you do not combine the movement steps you will end up with something like this:

As you can see, the motion path from A> B then goes A> C instead of the intended A> B> C. It is of course not what we wanted to do. The action is as simple as clicking and dragging, but before we get into the combination of motion path you must first enter the animations for our object.

First select the object to which you want to assign multiple motion paths.

 Select image

Next, go over to the "Animations" tab and click the "Add animation" button.

 add animation tab

A menu displays a large library of animations. Browse at the bottom to find the "Motion Paths" group. If you find the one you want to use here, good! If not, you can select "More Motion Path" to browse many more. We will continue and click on it in this example.

 select more motion paths

In this example, we will use the "Bounce Left" option, which is in the "Lines_Curves" group. Once you have selected, click "OK".

 Select Bounce Left

You may notice that the path does not go exactly where you want it to go. To place the track, just grab the box and pull.

Now go over to the "Animations" tab. Select the arrow next to "Start" to display the menu, and then select "After Previous."

 after previous

Repeat previous steps to add the second motion path. This time we add "Down" which you can also find in the group "Lines_Curves".

 Select descent path

Now that our paths of movement are assigned, we must choose the second path of movement and pull the green arrow over the red arrow of the first arrow. Then drag the red dot on the second motion path to the end destination of the animation.

When you're done, continue and preview the slideshow so that it works properly. To quickly display the presentation starting with the current image, press Shift + F5. Otherwise, go to the "Slideshow" tab and select either "From the beginning" or "From the current image", depending on what you prefer.

 Start slideshow

Finally, you should have something that looks like this:

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You now have successfully combined motion tracks to make a smooth , seamless animation.