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March 29, 2012


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I am using Powerpoint 2007 and I got as far as step 11 in the first section, but I cannot see Animations > Advanced Animation > Animation Pane at step 1 of the second section.

I can see Animations > Custom Animation, but that doesn't seem to be it. Can you tell me what I might be doing wrong?


Hi Simon,

These instructions were written from within PowerPoint 2010, so the names of some elements are slightly different. In 2007 you are looking for the same thing, but it is called the Custom Animation Pane. You can view the pane by selecting the Animations tab from the ribbon and then choosing Animations > Custom Animations. Please let me know if that doesn't work for you :)

Aisa Choi

I have 2010, and followed every step you provided. At the end, I clicked F5, nothing happen.


Hi Aisa,
Are you saying F5 didn't preview the slide or that when the slide previewed the puzzle didn't work?

Aisa Choi

both are not working.


Hi Aisa,

I made a minor adjustment to one of the steps to make it more clear that you should set each puzzle piece to appear "After Previous." As for the F5 not working, I have two solutions. F5 is just a keyboard shortcut to preview the slideshow, so you could always just go the long way and view the presentation using the Slide Show tab.

If you would like to use the F5 shortcut, but it is not working, it's possible your presentation is set up to output to a second display (and without the 2nd display connected, it just isn't showing up). Here are steps to fix that:
1. Exit PowerPoint.
2. Reopen the presentation.
3. From the Slide Show tab, choose Set up Slide Show.
4) If the Multiple Monitors drop-down menu is not grayed out, change it to display
Primary Monitor.
5) Click OK to close the dialog box.
6) Press F5.


Hi I get to Step 3 of animating - 3.From the Animations tab, select the Appear animation.

they appear but as a group so I can't animate. I selected each one individually.

At this step - 7.On the Selection and Visibility pane, click the Hide All button to hide all the puzzle pieces. Click the box next to Rectangle 16 to make it visible.

I cannot make just the rectangle visible it's all or nothing


Hi Paula,

I just ran through all the steps again (and had someone else here do the same) and they do all work as written for PPT2010. When I initially wrote this I had access to PPT2007 to test it on and it worked then. I no longer have 2007, however, so I can't run through it again to check what the issue could be. If you have 2010 you may want to go through and re-try the steps.


Basically it is quite tough to turn an image into an animated puzzle, therefore we use animated graphics technology through the Photoshop and other animation and graphics tool. Marquee effect are also used in HTML coding to give an animated effect to our images and text but here we can found what techniques are being used to turn an image into an animated puzzle, really these techniques are more helpful for us.


I just removed Rectangle 16 from the animation panel and only then I figured it would work... and it did. Rectangle 16 you don't need it, if you leave it in there just the outline of the puzzle pops up on top of your picture while your picture is visible the entire time. I repeat I ONLY removed it from the Animation panel NOT from the Selection and Visibility. Hope this helps anyone else who couldn't figure it out.

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