Knowledge base KB0022

Can I animate think-cell charts in PowerPoint?

1. Simple Animation of the entire chart

Place a rectangle in background color on top of the chart and fade it out or in to make the chart appear or disappear, respectively.

2. Complex animations (e.g., Series by Series)

think-cell has no built-in support for animation. In PowerPoint 2007, you can use PowerPoint to animate the Microsoft Graph object as described below.

PowerPoint 2010 and later versions contain a bug which corrupts the animation when reopening the file. A workaround for this bug is to save the presentation as a ppt-file before using the steps below. Please check your files carefully after converting them to ppt, some unsupported features might be missing.
  • If your company has a Microsoft Office Support contract, you may want to contact Microsoft to ask for a fix. Refer to Microsoft case number REG:111012160098867.
  • Please note that it is discouraged by Microsoft to still use the ppt-format, which does not support all features of Office 2007 and later versions.

PowerPoint 2007: How to animate a think-cell stack chart

Warning: The animation may break after modifying the chart, e.g., by modifying the data or adding rows or columns.

  1. Create a Stacked Chart with think-cell.
  2. Deactivate think-cell
    • Go to the think-cell toolbar on the PowerPoint ribbon.
    • Click on MoreDeactivate.
    • For a later reactivation click on the Activate button in the think-cell toolbar.
  3. Animate the basic Microsoft Graph chart:
    1. Display the custom animation pane by clicking on AnimationsAnimationsCustom Animation in the ribbon.
    2. Select the basic Microsoft Graph chart and in the animation pane choose Add EffectEntranceAppear.
    3. To make the series appear one after another, right-click on the entry in the animation pane and choose Effect optionsChart AnimationGroup Chart: By series. Untick Animate grid and legend, confirm with OK.
    4. To show the individual series of the Microsoft Graph chart in the animation pane, click on the little downward-pointing double arrow animation double arrow just below the chart entry. Now the pane shows an entry for each series.
  4. Animate the PowerPoint labels:
    1. Select the series labels and (if selectable) the segment labels that belong to the first series. Click on Add EffectEntranceAppear.
    2. Repeat step a) for all data series.
    3. Repeat step a) for the total labels.
  5. Put all animation entries in the correct order of appearance, i.e., the labels of the first series should appear when the first series is displayed.
    1. Select the entries for the series and segment labels that belong to the first series and move them just below the first chart series.
    2. Right-click on the first entry you just moved and change from Start On Click to Start With Previous. Now the labels of the first series will appear together with their Microsoft Graph series. All the labels of series 1 now show an animation tag 1 as can be seen in the screenshot.
    3. Put all PowerPoint labels just after there corresponding series by repeating above steps.
    4. Leave the total labels as last entry in the animation list to make them appear with the last series.

The screenshot below shows the chart after performing these steps. You can also download this sample file from our server.

PowerPoint screenshot animated stacked chart