General - Hidden Pivot
Tutorial on rotating an object on hidden pivot

Scenario: The Emphasis > Spin effect in PowerPoint 2002/XP and above allows you to rotate an object. Unfortunately, the point of rotation is on the center of the object and there is no setting for you to modify its rotation point.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to rotate an object on a hidden pivot. This neat trick is thought up by PowerPoint MVP Glen Millar and the original tutorial can be found here.

Download: Hidden Pivot

  1. First of all, insert an AutoShape of your choice. In this scenario, we will assume that the AutoShape is an arrow pointing to the top.
  2. Next, select the AutoShape. Hold down Ctrl key and press D to create a duplicate of the AutoShape.
  3. Select the duplicated AutoShape. On the drawing toolbar, click Draw > Rotate or Flip > Flip Vertical.
  4. Move the duplicated AutoShape right below the original AutoShape so they look symmetrical.
  5. Double click on the duplicated AutoShape to bring up the Format AutoShape dialog box.
  6. Under Fill, set the Transparency to 99%.
  7. Under Line, set the Color to No Line.
  8. Click Ok.
  9. Now, select both the AutoShapes. Right click on the AutoShapes and click Grouping > Group.
  10. Click Slide Show > Custom Animation.
  11. Click Add Effect > Emphasis > Spin

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