Puzzle with Trigger animation in PowerPoint

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Learn to create picture puzzle using trigger animation effect in PowerPoint. Make your training courses interactive using this useful technique.

Use of trigger animation in PowerPoint

When you run a training session, sometimes you wonder if your participants have ‘got’ what you taught. The only way to know is to ask them. That is when quizzes come in handy.

What if you could make your quiz into an interesting explorative game? In this article, you will learn how to create a picture puzzle in PowerPoint to make your quiz sessions entertaining and educational.

Here is the picture puzzle you’ll learn to create:

Puzzle with Trigger AnimationTake a look at the slide with the animation:

Each of the puzzle pieces fades out on click to reveal the underlying picture. Here is how you use the picture puzzle to conduct a quiz for your participants:

  • You divide the set of participants into three teams
  • Each team gets to answer 4 questions. They can choose the question number they want to answer
  • If they answer correctly, they get to click on the number to reveal that part of the picture
  • The team that names the celebrity in the picture first wins bonus points

Let us see how to set up the slide in a step by step way.

Step 1: Set up the jig saw puzzle

Interlocking Puzzles for Animation
Jigaw puzzle for animationYou can draw shapes that interlock into each other to create the jig saw puzzle. Or you may simply create a 4 X 3 square grid to create the cover. Write numbers on each of the squares for easy identification.

Add numbers to click onPlace a picture that fits behind the grid. This is the picture that would get revealed when the pieces on top of them get faded out. Assign a question to each of the 12 pieces.

Step 2: Name the square pieces

The next step is to name the individual pieces in an easily recognizable way. For this, go to selection pane located on the top right corner of the PowerPoint ribbon:

Selection Pane MenuClick on each of the pieces and change the name in the pane by double clicking on the name. Here is an example of how we named our grid.

Named Grid for clickingThis step is quite useful to get the trigger animation in PowerPoint correct.

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Step 3: Set up the trigger animation

Select both puzzle piece 1 and the number 1. Go to custom animation pane and choose exit effect -> Fade -> Fast. This makes both the piece and the number to fade out on click. The next step is to change the effect slightly. We don’t want the piece and the number to fade out on any random click on the slide.  We want them to fade out only when the relevant puzzle piece is clicked.

So, go to animation pane. Select both the animations and click on the small arrow on the right corner to go to ‘Timing’. Go to Triggers -> Start effect on click of -> Select the shape with relevant name (this is why we named the pieces in Step 2). For example, piece 1 and number 1 fade on click of piece 1.

Set Trigger Animation EffectDo the same for the rest of the pieces. Once done, you will be ready to conduct an interactive quiz and keep your audience involved.

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