!!Forcing Morph to Behave

How to cool down the coolest transition

Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve Sheets

Aug 07, 2019

The morph transition seems to be everybody's darling in the PowerPoint world, and she really is the sweetest, till she steals the keys and starts driving things all over your slide. If you're new to morph or just not into metaphors, what I mean is, I love morph, most of the time. You can do all kinds of amazing things with it! But, sometimes morph gets a little carried away and starts morphing things you don't want to be morphed and/or does not morph the objects you want. 

Now there's a way to control it! To learn how, just watch the video above or follow along with the instructions below.

First, you'll need to open your selection pane. This can be done by holding Alt and pressing F10 or going to the arrange drop-down menu on your Home Tab and choosing Selection Pane from the bottom of the list. In the selection pane, you will see all the objects on your slide listed in the order they are layered. You can re-name objects in the selection pane by selecting them in the pane and then clicking their name there once more. If you want to force morph to recognize an object between slides, just give it a consistent name on every slide that begins with !!. So for example, if I want a logo to morph between slides I'd probably name it !!Logo, if there is more than one logo I want to morph, maybe add a number to each. The key is making sure the object has the same name (starting with !!) on every slide that the morph transition is looking at and making sure that no other objects have that same name. Alternately, if morph is morphing objects into each other in a transition that you do not want to be part of the morph, you can give them a unique name using !!, like !!Please Stop Moving 😉

If you're trying this and it still isn't working, it's quite possible that you are trying to morph a group into a single object or vice versa. I have a few suggestions in the video to help you out when those problems arise.

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Steve Sheets, Technical Director

Steve is a designer with high expectations for a final product but he tends to obsess over process too. He likes to know the many ways to get things done, the advantages of each and their oh so scary pitfalls. Perhaps that's why he has a Mac and a PC?

"Workflows are one of the few times in life where the best way tends to be the easy way, the trick is figuring out what's 'easy' for your specific situation."

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