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    Cynic Senior Member sapi's Avatar
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    Default Powerpoint assistance needed

    Hey

    Requesting help from all the powerpoint gurus out there

    I'm looking to have a menu appear 'pop out' of the side of a slide on mouseover, thus giving me more space for actual content in this menu-driven presentation.

    I understand how to do this through use of a hyperlinked, mouse-over action taking you to another (identical but for the menu) slide, and likewise how to return once that is done.

    However, I'm finding that an extremely inelegant method of working with the presentation, as it requires a duplicate of every slide to be made and updated.

    Ideally, I'd like to be able to have a slide 'switch masters' on mouseover (and switch back once the mouse is moved away), thus changing the design of the slide (including the master-driven animations) but keeping the content intact.

    Does anyone have the faintest idea if this is possible; or if not, if there's a way to achieve what I'm trying to do easily and efficiently?

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    Default Re: Powerpoint assistance needed

    I would have no idea, but then my limited advice would be to look for a Powerpoint-like forum (something alike) where experts might be.
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    Default Re: Powerpoint assistance needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bijo
    I would have no idea, but then my limited advice would be to look for a Powerpoint-like forum (something alike) where experts might be.
    Posting to microsoft.public.powerpoint on usenet might help. As a bonus, he'll have access to all the other groups in that diverse realm as well.

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    Default Re: Powerpoint assistance needed

    Not really sure - but have you tried doing it from slide master to build your base slide?
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    Default Re: Powerpoint assistance needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Redleg
    Not really sure - but have you tried doing it from slide master to build your base slide?
    That's ideally the way I'd like to do it; but I haven't yet found a way to trigger a set of animations on mouse-over (the options it gives are rather limited)

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    Default Re: Powerpoint assistance needed

    Here's a case file I found from searching microsoft.public.powerpoint. I'm not a Powerpoint guru, so I don't know if this will answer your question, but you can search for yourself on Google groups if you need more - I used all the keywords "mouse over" in the group microsoft.public.powerpoint.

    LarryV
    I want to create an interactive menu in a presentation. I
    can do this by assigning hyperlinks to boxes or buttons or
    text. But i want to add animation as well.

    I previously created a simple flash element that would
    animate on mouse-over. I imported this into the
    presentation and it works great - when I move the mouse
    over the graphic, it starts animating. But, powerpoint
    will not allow me to set a link to this element. So
    basically I can create some cool buttons that come to life
    when you move the mouse over them, but do nothing when you
    click on them.

    I also tried importing an animated Gif file and the same
    restriction seems to hold - no links allowed.

    I am using powerpoint-2002 (office-XP). Any suggestions?

    Sonia
    So basically you want to assign two Action Settings to the same object,
    right? The problem that I see is that in your case the Mouse Click and
    Mouse Over are sort of mutually exclusive, because you can't click the mouse
    unless you "put it over", if you get my drift. So the Mouse Over action
    always prevails. (Don't get me wrong though. There are valid combinations
    of the two actions, like highlight or play sound on M/O and link on M/C.)

    I think that what I would do is to put an invisible rectangle near the
    object and assign the Mouse Click/Link to it. Now you can click on it to
    activate the link and you won't trigger the Mouse Over action on the button.
    You could also make this invisible rectangle larger than the button and
    place it under the button. Now a clicking anywhere on the "margin" around
    the button will activate the Mouse Click Link. You just have to be careful
    not to move the mouse over the button. Does that make sense?
    Last edited by Pannonian; 07-28-2007 at 06:16.

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