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!