Office challenge: How do you disable all animation in a PowerPoint presentation?

Here's the scoop on how you can change the shape of a clip art image, along with a new challenge on controlling animation in your PowerPoint presentations.

Many of us put a lot of work and creativity into a PowerPoint presentation, but sometimes an audience just wants the nuts and bolts. When this happens, someone might request that you disable the animation. If this were to happen, would you fall silent, looking like a deer caught in headlights or would you masterfully make a few clicks and give your audience exactly what they want? How do you temporarily disable a presentation's animation? Hint: This one has a simple solution. The key is knowing that you can do it at all! Last week we asked… How do you change the shape of a clip art image? There are a number of things you can do to clip art. You can crop and even change the orientation -- but you can't change the shape of the image. ETJ's response was the one I had in mind: Insert the clip art into the appropriate AutoShape as follows:

  1. Insert the appropriate AutoShape.
  2. Right-click the AutoShape object and select Format AutoShape from the context menu.
  3. Click the Colors And Lines tab.
  4. Select Fill Effects from the Color drop-down list.
  5. Click the Picture tab.
  6. Click Select Picture.
  7. Navigate to the appropriate folder and double-click the clip art graphic file. Or highlight the file and click Insert.
You're not really cheating -- ou're getting the look you want without a lot of effort! Remember, this isn't strictly a PowerPoint feature. You can work with AutoShapes in most Office applications. Techrepublic and John both offered interesting solutions for altering the actual graphic file. Be sure to check out their suggestions.