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Animating a Chart

Now that the chart is built, you can animate it to reveal the slide data one series at a time. This can be useful to keep your audience’s attention, as well as to control the flow of information.

  1. Select the chart on slide 2. Then select the Build Inspector.
  2. From the Effect menu, choose Wipe.
  3. From the Direction menu, choose Left to Right.
  4. From the Delivery menu, choose By Series.

    This option will animate each element in the chart, first the gridlines and then each data series.

  5. Set the Duration to 2.00 s.

    Watch the animation preview in the Inspector. Notice how the background and grid wipes onto the screen first. Generally, you’ll want this part of the chart already on the page, so you’ll remove it from the animation.

  6. Choose 2 from the “Build from” menu.

    This starts the animation with the second element on the slide, your first data series.

    Leave the “Build to” menu set to Last. The animation will continue through the last data series.

  7. Select the Slide Inspector and click Transition. Then choose the following options:
    • Transition Effect—3D Effects: Page Flip
    • Direction—Left
    • Duration—2.00 s
  8. Press Command-S to save your document.
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