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Q1:When I store objects with animation on the Office Clipboard, will the animations work?
A1: The Office Clipboard will let you store and paste up to 24 objects of all types, but because it is used by other Office applications, it doesn't understand custom animation settings. So, use the Clipboard for basic objects and if you want to copy animation settings, use the regular copy and paste technique.

To reuse objects with animation, you might consider creating a PowerPoint template that is an animated object palette. Copy your favorite animated objects and slides to this template, save it (along with your macros and personalized toolbars), and then use it to quickly copy and paste objects with their animations to new presentations.

Q2:The clip media sites you listed charge for their material. Is there free clip art online?
A2: That's one of the reason we covered animated GIFs. There's a wealth of animated GIF clip art; all you need to do is search Google to find it. If you want to find video, you can search by subject in an advanced search and include the file type you prefer. Lots of MPG and AVI video files are available for download, but they're generally large.

Don't forget that some of the best artwork is from your own clients or subjects. Scanning a brochure and cropping the logo, or snagging the logo from the client's Web site, is a great way to customize your presentation for that specific target audience.

Q3:Where is the best place to learn more about Visual Basic for Applications and how to edit macros?
A3: The first place to go is right into the VBA development editor. To open it from PowerPoint, click Alt+F11. You can find many code examples under the Help menu, and copy and paste snippets of code from macros and subroutines in the examples into your own projects.

If you want to use other applications, make sure that you set references for those applications under the Tools menu. The VBA Editor enables you to create forms and run applications that open and edit Word from PowerPoint or Excel and vice versa.

The key to Office automation is to master the object models of each application you want to run—this takes a lot of practice and research. There are many excellent books on VBA, but your next stop should be the Microsoft Developers Web site: msdn.microsoft.com.

Good luck and happy presenting.



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