(Last Updated: March 8, 2018)

When your project has many objects of the same type, you may want them to have the same animation effects or formatting style. ActivePresenter allows you to style multiple objects in a flash.

Styling Multiple Objects At Once

Let’s say your project has many slides and each slide has one or more text captions. You want all the text captions to appear and disappear with the same animation effects, such as fading in and out of the slide. Additionally, you want all of them to use the same fill, line, shadow, and text style. All those text captions, therefore, are consistent.

To animate and style multiple objects of the same type like that, do the following:

Step 1: Animate an object or format it the way you want.

Step 2: Apply the animation and style of the object to all other existing objects of the same type. To do that, right-click the object and select Apply to All Objects (1). Then, you can choose to apply the Animation and/or the Style of the selected object.

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  • Another way to animate and style multiple objects in a slide is select them, and then change their mutual properties. (Hold down CTRL or use the rubber-band selector to select more than one objects.) This technique is useful when you want to make changes to multiple objects of multiple types as long as they share certain properties. For example, you can select several shapes, text captions, and highlights and apply the same line style to all of them. But you can only use this with objects in a single slide because it’s impossible to select objects in different slides at a time.
  • The Apply to All Objects option only affects existing objects. It has nothing to do with objects that haven’t been inserted yet. If you want the newly added objects to use the same style as those existing ones, you must use the default object. That is, you format a certain object and set it as the default. After that, the same properties will be applied to all new objects of the same type in the same project. Do this by right-clicking the object and select Set as Default (2). You can also export and reuse the object settings across projects. For details, see Reusing Object Settings across Projects.

In practice, you often combine both the techniques above to make your project consistent. While you’re constantly inserting objects and adjusting their style, you can apply the style (and animation) of the selected object to all other existing objects of the same type. Meanwhile, set this selected object as the default so that newly added objects share the same properties with it.

That’s it! You’ve learned the ways to style multiple objects at once and save tons of time and effort when working with ActivePresenter.