Interactive Menu In PowerPoint

Have you seen the new changes to PowerPoint’s 3D features? They include exciting new animation tools, and support for six 3D model types (fbx, obj, 3mf, ply, stl and glb). Now, with a little know-how, designers can enhance their presentations in all sorts of ways. By embracing these changes now, you can get in on the ground floor of presentation design’s 3D future. To start you off, we’ve put together 4 powerful hacks for PowerPoint’s 3D animation.

Stack Your Animations

If you’ve never stacked animations in PowerPoint, then give it a go! Add multiple animations to the same object and see what works. A simple way to start is using motion patterns with fades or wipes. Tying these multiple animations together creates engaging animations that look significantly different to the standard set.

If you’re already stacking 2D animations, start stacking in 3D. The most attractive stacking we’ve seen involved the Turntable animation. Stacking with turntable in different directions produces some interesting animations with the right 3D model. Don’t forget to stack Turntable with PowerPoint’s many other animations. Try adding motion paths when turntabling spheres, as it creates an engaging rolling effect.


Use triggers to add new dimensions of interactivity

This is possibly the most powerful hack for PowerPoint in this entire post. 3D already adds a new dimension of depth. By using triggers to add interactivity to your presentation, you can increase engagement.

Triggers execute animations on the click of an object on your slide. They let your user twist and move 3D objects in your slide. As you can imagine, this can create an amazing user experience with 3D navigational elements.


Add Action Buttons and Morph transitions to enhance exploration

Triggers add interactivity, and these tools enhance that. By combining morph transitions on your 3D objects with transparent action buttons, you allow users to uncover each layer of your presentation.

To achieve this, place your object in a slide. Now duplicate the slide, and rotate/resize the object in that slide to your preference. Add a morph transition to your second slide. Finally, insert an action button in your first slide which hyperlinks to the second slide. Now, when you click that action button in your presentation, your camera will appear to move around the object.


Access converted GLB files through the PowerPoint .zip hack

You may already know about changing the PowerPoint extension from ‘.pptx’ to ‘.zip’ to access the media used in the PowerPoint. Well, with the release of 3D in PowerPoint, it looks like this hack also converts all objects to GLB. By changing the extension of your file from ‘.pptx’ to ‘.zip’, you can access these new GLB files in your media folder. You’ll also find a PNG of every instance of your 3D objects as they sit in your PowerPoint.


We hope you’re inspired by these 4 powerful hacks for PowerPoint’s 3D animation. If you’re seeking further inspiration, take a peek at our portfolio.

Tom Howell

About Tom Howell

For the past decade, Tom has been designing innovative, persuasive presentations. As the founder and creative lead of Synapsis Creative, Tom develops solutions that offer clients beautiful, professional graphic design that is delivered in usable, editable PowerPoint documents. From big screen presentations to iPad interactives, animations to printed presentations and reports, Tom works at the cutting edge of presentation design. Tom regularly writes on presentation design on his blog and provides free resources for other Presentation Designers.