Tips and tricks: How to take control over which objects morph (Part 1)

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How to take control over which objects morph

How to take control over which objects morph? How to force any object to morph? Have you ever asked yourself that question when the object couldn’t morph in your presentation? This post will help you take control over almost all objects that do and don’t morph.

Morph transition tricks: How to take control over which objects morph?

As you know. The Morph transition couldn’t work if an object had been added or deleted. But don’t worry, morph now gives you more control over which objects do and don’t morph. With a custom naming scheme, morph matches two objects on successive slides and forces one to morph into the other.

The naming scheme is simply to begin an object name with !! (two exclamation points) and to assign the same custom name to the two objects. To get the best results. Let’s duplicate a slide or copy objects and then paste them onto the next slide. So easy, right?

For example, you can put a circle named !!Shape1 on Slide 2 and a square named !!Shape1 on Slide 3. Then, by assigning a Morph transition to Slide 8, the circle will morph into the square in the transition from one slide to the next. 

What you can do with this feature? Which objects can morph?

This trick can force almost all objects to morph. For example:

  • Force two different shapes (such as a triangle 🔁 circle or triangle 🔁 square…) do morph.
  • Force two different images do morph.
  • Force any two objects of the same type to morph (such as a table 🔁 table, SmartArt 🔁 SmartArt…). One exception is charts.
  • Force two instances of the same shape—but with different text in each— to morph.
Which object can morph

Rules Morph transition follows with the !! naming scheme

  1. Morph only matches the same type of object. It means it can only morph an image into another image, a shape into another shape…
    • If Morph sees two objects of the same type (shape and shape, image and image…) with the same name, starting with !!, across two slides, it’ll morph one object to the other in the transition from one slide to the next. A shape cannot morph into an image, even with the same !! naming scheme.
  2. Morph won’t match a “!!” object with a non-“!!” object.
  3. Morph expects a 1:1 mapping between objects, so a specific !!object-name should be unique on a slide.
Rules follow with the !! naming scheme

Morph expects a 1:1 mapping between the object. It only work on the same object types that have the same !! name scheme.

In short

Morphable object kinds include shape, text, picture, wordart, and smartart.

Conclusion

Controlling which objects do and don’t morph is extremely simple. Just rename the same object to the same name with two exclamation points (!!) in front of the object’s name. (naming scheme: !!the-object-name). This trick will help you create presentations with seamlessly animate objects across slides, without caring about the objects.

In the post that comes next, we will look at different ways of applying the morph feature in presentations. See ya!!

Reference:
  1. Microsoft Support Page
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