Interactive Games with Triggers in PowerPoint – Download and Animation Tutorial

Hi there! Let’s make some interactive flashcards
in PowerPoint! The first thing we do is make our cards. So we just go to Insert and put
a rectangle in here for the first card. You can of course make as many of these cards
as you like, but I’ll go ahead and make this a 3×4 grid, like you saw in the intro
video. I now need to make sure my cards will fit on the slide, so I’ll just resize them
by going to Format, then Size. I’ll change the height to 2.27 and the width to 3.1.
Ok, now that we have our rectangle, we can recolor it as we like – I’m going to make
mine orange. You can also add whatever effects you want – for this, I’ll go to Shape
Effects – Presets, and click on the first one. Not too bad!
Ok let’s practice using our shortcuts. Click on the rectangle, and Hit CTRL C to copy and
CTRL V to paste. Then make another copy, but this time press CTRL D to duplicate, which
saves you a step. And do it again – notice how if you Duplicate instead of copy/paste,
it will try to align the spacing for you as well, which is useful.
Now let’s take the 4 and line them up – then duplicate again to make another row. And duplicate
again to finalize. And there you go we have the basis for our cards.
These rectangles here will be the back side of the cards. And before we do anything else,
duplicate the slide so we have rectangles to use for the front a little later. Let’s
recolor these to be blue. The example I’ll be showing you here is
flashcards with the PowerPoint shortcuts, which means the cards have questions on the
front and answers on the back, which will be these yellow cards here. I’ll start in
the top left by putting the shortcuts for the Cut / Copy / Paste and Duplicate commands,
so I’ll write keys for them here. Now let’s make the font bold and increase the size to
28. And let’s change the color to black there.
Now let’s demonstrate another shortcut, which is pick up and apply style – this
is sort of similar to the format painter, which lets you copy the style of one object
to another. However, the advantage to pick up and apply style is that you pick it up
once, then apply it for as long as you want – anywhere, even on other slides. So I pick
up the style here by CTRL SHIFT C and then I select everything, or CTRL A and then then
hit CTRL V to paste the style. As you can see, the format settings changed up here to
reflect the changes we made. At this point, I’ll write in all the other
shortcuts – until my rectangles look like this. And now let’s do the same thing for
the blue rectangles! Write cut, copy, paste, and duplicate on it, and let’s make it bold
or hit CTRL B and increase the font to 36. Now hit CTRL SHIFT C to pick up the style.
Hit CTRL A to select everything or hold and drag, as we did before, now CTRL SHIFT V to
paste to everything. Now fill in all the other rectangles with the appropriate commands – so
again, this will be the front of my cards. And by the way, if you want to make a memory
game, in which you don’t know what’s on the back side, leave all these blue front
cards blank. Ok awesome – we’re done with our cards,
so let’s start animating them. Go back to the first slide with the yellow cards, select
all of them, go to Add Animation, then More Entrance Effects, and if you have PowerPoint
2013, select the Stretch animation. If you have an earlier version, you can still get
a similar effect by using Split – you just have to make sure you go to the effect options
after and make it horizontal in. If you really want to get fancy, you can also use the swivel
entrance effect, which I show you in another video.
Ok for this though, let me go back and put the animation back to Stretch. Now go to Start
and say After previous, and then make the timing .25 in duration. So that’s done.
Let’s go to the other slide and also add an animation – this time an exit animation
of Collapse. Again, you can use a split exit for this as well if you have an older version
of PowerPoint, as I show you here. Let’s go back to Collapse though, for this demonstration.
Now we’re ready to combine both sets of cards on one slide.
So, select all the cards, cut them or CTRL X and then paste or hit CTRL V on the next
slide, and adjust everything so the blue cards are exactly on top of the yellow. Finally,
go to the animation pane and drag the red exit effects to the top.
We are ready to start adding the triggers! If you have a lot of cards like I do, this
can be a little tricky but it’ll be worth it in the end if you have enough patience.
First, start by working with the top left rectangle, let’s mouse over the top entrance
effect to make sure that’s the one we’re working with, and yes, it is. So now we right
click and go to Effect options and go to the timing tab. Here, we go to Triggers, then
add trigger on click of. Now, select the same rectangle that you’re currently on from
the list. So since this one is the cut / copy one – the one that’s written out, not
the shortcut side. What this does is it makes it so when you click that rectangle, it goes
away or flips over automatically. However, as the top of the card goes away,
we need the bottom of the card to come in so it looks like a flip effect. So we have
to find the corresponding entrance effect – mouse over this top one here – and it’s
the CTRL X and CTRL C rectangle, which is the one we want. Now we drag this one down
below the trigger, so now we’ll get the full flip effect, as you see here.
Continue this process with the rest of the effects until your animation pane looks something
like this. There should be 12 sets here if you’re using 12 cards.
Ok, now we’ll get the cards to flip over, but they won’t flip back yet until we do
the exact same process on the other side. Yes, that means another 12 sets of triggers
– patience is really key here. So now, we basically reverse the process,
so we have to start with the yellow cards and add an exit effect to them. But first,
we have to see them. So we select each of the blue cards – make sure to click while
holding CTRL so that you can select multiple ones. You can also use the selection pane
for this, if you prefer, by the way. Now, right click and hit Send to Back so we can
see the yellow cards again. Now select them using the same process, and go to Add Animation,
More Exit Effects, and add the collapse effect – or the split exit effect for previous
versions of PowerPoint, as we mentioned before. And as we did earlier, make the duration .25.
Now while the yellow cards are still selected, send them to the back. Now select the blue
cards, and we’ll add the entrance effects by going to Add Animation again, More Entrance
Effects, and selecting Stretch or Split for earlier versions of PowerPoint.
Make everything start After Previous and make the duration .25, as we did before. And you
probably know the drill by now. Go to the top exit animation – as a reminder, this
is for the bottom cards, which you can’t see right now. Mouse over it, and it says
Rectangle 49. Even though we can’t fully see the shortcut, we can guess that it’s
the one corresponding to font size, since that animation box is highlighted in pink
on the left. So we right click and go to Timing – then to the triggers menu. Now look for
Rectangle 49 in the menu. Select that and hit Ok. Now find the corresponding rectangle
for the Change Font Size card – Rectangle 4 in this case, and then drag it down under
the Rectangle 49 trigger. Again, repeat this process until you have all your triggers done
for this side as well. You should have 24 pairs of triggers by the time you’re done
– one to flip each of the cards over, then one to flip them back. If you’ve made it
this far, pat yourself on the back because you’ve had a lot of patience. This is what
you should be able to do with your cards. Click to flip once, and click to flip again
– you can do this forever basically and the slide will never end on you.
So you can use this template for many things – flashcards, or memory games, or fun quizzes
for your class – and it shows how powerful triggers can be when used right – and this
effect probably covers less than 1% of what you can actually do with triggers, so I hope
to do more tutorials on them in the future. Well thanks again for watching, especially
if you’re still with me – hope you enjoyed, and see you for my next video!


  • Big Lombordo

    Love your videos, they are really helpful. Greetings from Spain.

  • The Digitons

    Great video, but if you're planning to do this, here's a pro tip; when you duplicate an object, so do the animations. Therefore you only have to do is make One set of cards ( the yellow and blue), and then duplicate that card a couple of times, then change the text. I hope this helped anyone.

  • Maria Jack

    Wonderful tutorial . Your channel made me love PowerPoint cant wait to try this one. Just keep going because you are blessed with those skills
    Have a nice day 🙂

  • Olga Vareli

    Super!A good thing about power point is that we can create anything out of scratch and we sharpen our minds too.It needs patience but the result is great!Thank you for the tutorial! :)To add more suspense for the students, we can also add another pack of 12 cards on top of them all , -with numbers ( from 1 to 12) or pictures -so that the students can choose a number in random and put an exit fade trigger so that a blue card will be revealed 🙂 Don't forget to add an exit fade trigger for each card separately of course 🙂

  • Biniscuit

    This channel created my interest in PowerPoint. Now I'm re-making games in it! Here's my teaser for "The Stanley Parable" in PowerPoint, which the original was a multiple choice adventure, which of course means it would work great in PowerPoint:
    The PowerPoint is done now, but I will need to make sure it's legal to release before I give out a download. Thanks PowerPoint Spice!

  • BrEnO SiLvA™

    you is really incredible! I'm your fan.

  • Reham Sarhan

    Lia , you're really so creative please keep going on i 'm always waitting for your new tutorials , powerpoint with you is so interesting i adored powerpoint because of you , I became a new teacher with fantastic engaging learning environment . God bless you .

  • farah naz

    Can you please do a sailboat dropping into the water and make the water flow? PLEASE

  • senorschnouty

    why in heaven's name would you go through all of this when you can buy Presenter or Articulate and have it pre-built? Patience is a virtue, you're right, but this is just a tonne of work for very little reward.

  • One Skill PowerPoint Tutorials

    +PowerPoint Spice thank you for a great tutorial Spice 🙂 amazing as always 🙂 some of the shortcuts were new to me and seem to be very useful, thank you 🙂

  • André Garant

    Hi, I have a 2011 for mac version. Everything seems to work fine as I follow all the steps you are giving until 8:23 where you say to right click and go to timing…the problem is, when I right click, a list of different options appear but not timing. Is there another way to use the triggers…which I also can't find.

  • dots.official

    Your a SUPERB!POWERPOINT PROGRAMMER me too i learn this

  • Kiyashki Sensei

    Your's lessons are very cool!
    Keep going! You look are very beautiful and good person.
    Like you.)

  • Charles Campbell

    I just wanted to point out (again) that I have been a technical trainer for over 25 years and have been using PowerPoint since it was first introduced, and your PowerPoint learning videos are still some of the best I have ever seen! Please keep them coming! – Chuck, Canastota, NY

  • Kinno Toogue

    Hi! I'm a fan of your works and  always wait for your videos because i also love making interactive powerpoints. I think it will be alot easier, when you're going to use many cards, IF you apply the trigger to a pair of cards first and then duplicate these cards so the trigger itself is already set on the following duplicates. It saves you a lot of time. That's what i do when i make some games. Just something i could share! 🙂

  • Ashay Dwivedi

    PowerPoint Spice, you are just awesome and I love your videos tutorial. This made my interest in PowerPoint. I subscribe!

  • matvarnado

    A very useful tutorial.  I've been wondering if you have done any practical tutorials using hyperlinks.

  • Anton Pavey

    What a big help your video was! Thanks so much. Is there any way to get cards to flip back if they do not match?

  • Mohammed Shosha

    thanks for this great video, also you can reduce the effort by doing only one flash card ( two sides ) then apply the animation on it, then copy and past as many as you want, then change the text on it, tell me if it works with you.

  • Vrindavan Das

    download expired 🙁

  • 12 Lifan

    big thanks to you 😀

  • Daydreamer

    Thank you so much for this! I feel enriched now that I know how to to this.

  • feda jouda

    super 🙂 I'll try to do it now
    Thank you

  • rmlds2000

    Thank you very much. It worked great!

  • Carlos Levi

    Wow! PowerPoint > Storyline!
    Thanks for the video! I didn't knew we can copy format by ctrl+shift+c / v

  • Dustin Dewind

    Great Tutorial, Thanks. Finally, got it to work using pictures instead of yellow cards. Never used Triggers before. Thanks Lia!

  • jalen hardy

    this very helpful

  • Adnan Challawala

    too confusing but nicely explained

    thank you

  • Eventas Asia

    Thanks for the video … I have followed ur instructions and is able to click once to reveal and click again to hide … but not the second time. I thought I could do this (click to reveal & hide forever) … is there a step i'm missing?

  • T L Abbott

    I really enjoyed this tutorial. The instructions are very easy to follow. I would like to create another game and would very much appreciate your help. The game needs 4 slides…. slide #1 with 1-12 number boxes; slide #2 the questions; slide #3and either or choice (ex. red or green); slide #4 the correct answer. I know this may be a bit much to apply the triggers, but if you would please let me know how to do this or if it is even possible, better yet a tutorial would be nice. I would greatly appreciate it.

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  • Carson Dan

    This is not easy at all.  The main reason seems to be that it is just so detailed and tedious, and so easy to make a mistake!  Then you have to go back, possibly begetting even more mistakes.  I'm also getting the distinct impression that even though a mistake was made, the cards will behave and appear as if nothing is wrong.  Just before dragging in 9:19, Start changed from "After Previous" to "On Click".  I only caught this because of the mouse icon which suddenly appeared next to my triggers.  I think that a host of problems started when I accidently dragged something down to far, causing the following slide to pop up, and I to pull up again the one I was working on.  UPDATE:  Damn.  I had to hit redo twenty times and somehow undid some things I shouldn't have….had to X-out so I could start all over again.

  • Carson Dan

    At 10:23, if you don't DESELECT first before you select each gold card, won't this create a screw-up?

  • Carson Dan

    Here's my huge problem.  When you say select again when the cards are already selected, I deselect first, then reselect.  It made no sense to me to click on each card and select since they were each already selected.  Now the little lightning bolt icons and the numbers look very different, and I'm afraid both to undo, or trudge forward.

  • Carson Dan

    At 10:16, the selection pane does not work to select the cards as a group.

  • Carson Dan

    This was an enormous waste of my time.  I clicked on the firs card…it disappeared.  Upon clicking cards 2-7, they each just flipped to the card in the back, but did not return.  When I clicked on the eighth card, the whole grid of cards just disappeared.  Quirky-assed software.

  • Carson Dan

    You may want to disable "drag and drop" on your PC before attempting this project.  If you happen to jostle one of the cards with the mouse, it will either malfunction when clicked in playback, or disappear entirely.

  • Carson Dan

    No mention of changing the start point at times, and yet after I've decided to compare this setting to what is seen on her interface in the vid, they are different.

  • Carson Dan


  • Carson Dan

    Sometimes Lea says to select the cards again, but they're already selected.  If I just hit "Add Animation" from there will this screw things up?  Or should I deselect, then select again before adding animation?  I've probably attempted this tut around, oh, ten times now, and it hasn't come out right yet.  But it's very important that I nail this.  Also, at times she will ask that the trigger be set to "on click", and yet in the start panel it will be set to "after previous".  Should I change that to "on click" as well?  She never called attention to this discrepancy, and what to do.

  • Carson Dan

    10:19 When I use the selection pane to select multiple cards, upon clicking, "send to back", nothing happens.  I must select each one individually to get to the gold cards underneath.  I'm using pwpt 2013.

  • Carson Dan

    Ahh…did not de-select the cards to re-select them this time.  This gives me two lightning bolt symbols, just like in Lea's illustration. (10:40)

  • Carson Dan

    It would be best if Lea posts a screen capture after each operation, saying, "Your slide should now look like this", pointing out the numbers next to each card and what they mean, as well as what the lightning bolt means (Yes, I do know the bolt means that a trigger[s] has been set…).

  • e-Learning Portuguese

    how do you make a memory game?

  • Caio Uchôa

    Very useful mate.

  • mhyoung357

    I spent hours looking for the "Trigger" button. Then I found out that Powerpoint 2011 for MAC does not have triggers! This is me SCREAMING! great powerpoint.

  • Karen Duncan

    a lot of work, but still cool. thanks

  • Maggie Pickering

    I have PPT 2011 for Mac. I went through all of these steps only to find there is no "trigger" option in my custom animation window. Frustrating! Is there something I can do? Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Ute Lowitzsch

    Thank you for your tutorial. I followed along with PPT 2010 and all worked like a charm. Thank you again. 🙂

  • Felipe Carriço

    Next time, try to make it in only one card, and after that, copy and change the texts. 🙂

  • Altaf Bashir

    Powerpoint 2007 works beat of all powerpoint games, dont use any version above, beleive that.

  • Youtube Content

    maybe works in windows 7

  • RobinQ

    First, I like the sound of your voice, and the lack of loud or distracting background music! Second, after completing the tutorial, I have the following issue: My cards flip over and the image below appears. When I click to turn them back, the powerpoint jumps to the next slide. How do I fix this? Thank you for helping me!

  • Duy Trần

    Nice work!
    But we can actually save lots of time by setting the trigger first on a pair of rectangle then just coping and pasting :).

  • Ik Victor

    wow, great video. Do you have a video on the how to use hyperlinks to create very interactive scoreboards?

  • Karima Alqarrawi

    that is so helpful …….I finally did it

  • Neeraj Agarwal

    loved the video and the creator too..😋

  • Gina Quek

    I don't know which part went wrong. in animation preview, it worked ok but when it is in slideshow, it doesn't work. :((((((

  • XSpiral TV

    how to find the inbox?


    Hi there, I do work similar presentation but with photos instead of text. I had been trying to make match game using photos as the answer, but i am not getting the same result.

  • Carlos Lerma

    im on a mac and i dont have the trigger option what do i do?


    Found very interesting. can really increase attention in class and supports chunk intake of information. Thanks for d video

  • James Sauvingnon

    Animation effects algorithm for one slide :
    Question1: Collapse ( start on click )
    Answer1: Stretch ( start after previous, delay 0.25s )
    Answer1: Collapse ( start on click)
    Question1: Stretch ( start after previous, delay 0.25s )

  • sumaiya syed

    awesome video. perfect explanation. got it on the first attempt itself. going to use it to teach my students. thanks a lot for this video.

  • McCabeH9

    P-spice I’m so rarely impressed with instructional videos to the point of leaving a comment. But you really do an excellent job. Not only have I gleaned terrific ideas and shortcuts, but your speaking style and visual meshes with the presentation very well. Since my slides are used for online instruction to type A personalities, I’d always thought excitement was key. What I learned was it depends on the time I’d day, day of week, market action, etc, Sometimes I’ll make two version AM & PM; with different music in background and either a softer vocal tone or a more energetic tone. Even though you don’t have a video on this specific topic it was from watching your vids that caused me to a/b test the idea. Soooo….. sometimes we learn things from people they hadn’t meant to teach but are pearls nonetheless. Kudo’s girl. Now imma make my class a game…. all cos of p-spice. Enjoy your day.

  • PJ PJ

    noise too much

  • Jennylene Smith-Drayton


  • Sasha Griffith

    I have a question, I am able to create the flip effect successfully but whenever I go to create the flip back, my original effects disappear and are replaced with the new effects. How can I stop this from occurring?

  • Pervaiz Iqbal

    very very very very very vert very dificult game making but i like this video so much i subscribed your channel.

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  • George Nicola

    I JUST MADE IT!! Thank you !
    TIP: It's much faster if you make one card (with all animations and without text) and copy it. After that you just have to write the text in every card.

  • Ebenezer Akaglo

    Kudos! That's really good!

  • izzati azlishah

    Cant seem to find the 'trigger' button. Im using the Microsoft Office 2016

  • fatma wijayanti

    Great ! Thanks, so useful

  • Fayola Maulida

    Thank you so much for helping my school task!

  • Ain't no Gabe here !

    i did everything your video said and why is it not working even if its ppt 2013? :3

  • Lisa Polhamus

    After creating a 42 card memory game using these instructions, I cannot get the triggers to work in presenter. I'm using PowerPoint 2016. Any ideas?

  • NiVRe NaJ

    My animation wont start when i clicked on the box

  • That Hood Dood

    Does it work with LibreOffice or OpenOffice?

  • Toys time India

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

  • boonavite

    If I want to match words to pictures? Once I add cliparts into the box it doesn’t work anymore.

  • my Chanel


  • wilkinskm

    This is great! It was so much simpler to follow your tutorial than to figure all of this out on my own. Thanks for posting! My one suggestion would be to demonstrate at the beginning of the video what the effect will look like; I had to scrub through a lot of the video to make sure this was going to do what I wanted it to before I went back and watched the whole thing.
    Thanks again!

  • thanaa mardini

    Great job thank you very much it is very useful

  • Ali Alqasim

    I love you teacher, you saved my life

  • Andrea Moreno

    This would've been made so much easier if instead of writing confusing text on top of the cards you wrote numbers, or at least a "back" or "front" label. I was constantly confused.

  • Arianne Rojas

    So useful video! Thank you very much! 🙂

  • Levon C.

    I just finished making a playable memory match on ppt, if anyone is interested

  • Max C

    Pick up and apply all format is NOT Ctrl-Shft-C then Ctrl-V. It should be Ctrl-Shft-C then Ctril-Shft-V. You have said it wrong in video at 5:03.


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