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Powerpoint - Add A Sound File To An Object
Powerpoint - Add Sound
Powerpoint - Animation Painter
Powerpoint - Animations
Powerpoint - Artistic Effects
PowerPoint - Backgrounds
Powerpoint - Backstage View
Powerpoint - Bokeh Backgrounds
Powerpoint - Charts
Powerpoint - Compress A Presentation
Powerpoint - Convert Video
Powerpoint - Convert Video Using Camtasia
PowerPoint - Converting Text To SmartArt
Powerpoint - Create A Quiz
PowerPoint - Create A Speech Bubble
PowerPoint - Create A Template
PowerPoint - Create A Theme
PowerPoint - Create Animated Backgrounds
PowerPoint - Creating Shapes
PowerPoint - Curved Text
Powerpoint - Developer Tab
PowerPoint - Embed Your Website
PowerPoint - Embed Videos From Your Hard Drive
PowerPoint - Embed Youtube Videos
PowerPoint - Extract The Background Image
PowerPoint - Formatting Video
Powerpoint - Handouts
PowerPoint - Hyperlink
PowerPoint - Insert A Table
PowerPoint - Insert An Excel Spreadsheet
PowerPoint - Insert Images
PowerPoint - Key Tips
PowerPoint - Make Sound Start Automatically
PowerPoint - Notes
PowerPoint - Open PPT Or PPTX Files
PowerPoint - Paste
PowerPoint - Calendars
PowerPoint - Transparent Text
PowerPoint - Viewer
PowerPoint - Presentation Views
PowerPoint - Remove The Background From An Image
PowerPoint - Rotating Text
PowerPoint - Save As PDF
PowerPoint - Selections
PowerPoint - Shapes
PowerPoint - Slide Layouts
PowerPoint - Slide Transitions
PowerPoint - Speech Bubbles
PowerPoint - Template
PowerPoint - The Ribbon
PowerPoint - Themes
PowerPoint - Clip Art
PowerPoint - Venn Diagram Template
PowerPoint - Video
PowerPoint - What Makes A Good PowerPoint Presentation
PowerPoint - WordArt

PowerPoint - Create Animated Backgrounds

If you are going to create any PowerPoint background, you should specify it on the Slide Master. Animated PowerPoint backgrounds are no exception. You could get away with inserting a video file with your animation directly onto a slide of your presentation, but you would then have to insert the same video on every slide (learn how to insert videos in PowerPoint). If you specify the background on the Slide Master, however, the background will appear on every slide by default. Much easier!

To get to the Slide Master in PowerPoint, go to the View tab and click Slide Master in the Master Views group. You’ll then be working on a new tab that magically appears in the ribbon – the Slide Master tab. On the left are thumbnail images of all the different slide layouts that you can use in your presentation. Unless you want to specify your animated background for one layout only (you probably don’t), select the layout at the top. This is the Slide Master.

Slide Master

Whatever background you apply to the Slide Master will get applied to all slides of your presentation, so this is the one we’ll add our animated background to.

With the Slide Master selected, go to the Insert tab and click Video (in the Media group at the far right). When the Insert Video window opens, locate the video of the animation you want to use and double click it or select it and click Insert. The video will appear on the Slide Master. You can check how it looks straight away by pressing F5 to run the slideshow.

If you inserted a .SWF (Flash file), you are fortunate in that you won’t see control buttons beneath your video. If you are using a video to create an animated background, you certainly don’t want to have to click play to set the video off, and the control buttons are unsightly too. When using .SWF files, you don’t get the control buttons and the video plays immediately.

If the video is not big enough to cover the whole slide, you can drag the resize handles at each corner and along the edges.

Resize Video In PowerPoint

When you’ve finished your changes, click the Close Master View button to complete editing the Slide Master.