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Choosing a static or animated layout

Posted on: Apr, 2010 By: Art Holden
We recently had a question about how to remove the animation from one of our animated PowerPoint templates.   We utilize the themes feature of PowerPoint 2007 and 2010.  In most of our animated templates for PowerPoint we have included two complete themes.  The first theme is the animated theme, but there is also a complete set of layouts (a theme) which has all the animations removed and replaced with static imagery.

So how do you change between one and the other you ask?  It's really easy.  Simply right click on top of the slide you wish to change the layout on and choose "Layout" from the menu that appears.

Here is a screen-shot of what you should see:

Layout menu PowerPoint 2007 and 2010

Most of our animated PowerPoint templates come with up to 19 pre-designed slide layouts.  Then each of those layouts has an animated and a static versions.

All of these layouts can be edited to your needs in the Slide Master view.  Find the slide master under the View tab.

I've found that its best to save your animated slides for special occasions where you need to call attention or you want to add a wow effect.  For most of your slides it is best to stick with a static page.  With PresenterMedia templates its easy to switch between a static and animated slide with a simple click of the mouse.

View our animated templates for PowerPoint here.

Good Presenting!

Art Holden

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By: Art Holden
Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.

Blog Comments (Sign In to Comment):

Feb 14, 2011 -
I am having trouble getting the animations to work with my other plugin software 9Articulate). How do I pull the mov out of powerpoint so I can reformat it to work with my plugin?
Feb 16, 2011 -
Art Holden
Hi BB, Currently Articulate works with the static versions of our templates, our PowerPoint animations (downloaded as .SWF Flash) and our Presentation Clipart. Unfortunately Articulate does not yet support the video animated slides in our PowerPoint templates. We are considering offering our videos separately in the future. Best, Art Holden PresenterMedia
Dec 06, 2011 -
Hello Art, love this trick .. as sometimes people do not have 2010... and need to use 2007, but you want both version just in case ... Question, I have changed the slide master (changed color & picture background) , but it only shows in the animated version, and it kept the original template in the static version. How could this be fixed? thanks in advance.
Dec 07, 2011 -
Hello Lucie, There actually two master slides that can be changed changed. The first one is the animated layouts which it sounds like you successfully changed. In the Slide Master view, you need to scroll down to find the layouts associated with the static slides. Art Holden PresenterMedia

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