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Tutorial for Horizontal Flows 007 and 008 – Side Bar

Using Horizontal Flows 007 and 008

Use this framework with other frameworks or on its own to show the progression of thought, steps, development, etc. The bar on the left-hand side of each step of the framework can be populated with an acronym or a number or vertical text.

Series hf007, hf009, hf011, and hf013 are designed to be used together. The width and length sizes are the same, the number of horizontal segments are the only differences.

Use these frameworks with other frameworks for added interest and clarity.

Once you have identified the best-suited PowerFramework, download it to a specific location on your computer so you'll be able to find it (the desktop is always a good choice).

Customizing your PowerFrameworks Horizontal Flow

Adjust size

If you want to change the size/shape of the PowerFramework, be sure to group it and resize the entire group. Once resized, ungroup to proceed with other customizations. You can also adjust the space between the pieces.

Color variations

Select color from your document's color palette or a complimentary color so that the PowerFramework will reflect the color scheme of the rest of your document. Select "No line" if you want to eliminate the outline of the object, or change the line point size if you want thinner or heaver lines.

3D variation

3D doesn't work really well with this framework, but if you need to use 3D, make sure you limit the depth, otherwise, it becomes too apparent that it is not lining up well. Also, be aware that the 3D effect changes the colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Modified bevels are okay to use as long as you use them consistently in your presentation. The bevels should not be too high or wide. The shadow options in PowerPoint 2007 are also nice. It is easy in PowerPoint 2007 to add a photograph to the bar on the left sides of the segments if you wish.


A shadow effect adds interest and dimension to a graphic, which can be accomplished within PowerPoint after the PowerFramework has been imported. If you want to place text above or below the framework and the shadows are in the way, the colors/shades of the shadows can be adjusted so the text will "pop." Make sure your layering is correct so that the shadow does not obscure any of your primary figures.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients, patterns, and pictures can be added as fills from the "Fill Effects" menu. Gradients, when carefully used, can also add motion to a flow such as this.


A possible animation scheme might be for the bars on the right of each flow segment to be visible on the page before any animations begin. This would be particularly helpful if the bars contain acronyms, which could be explained by the presenter before the details of each segment are presented. Then the flows can be brought in one after the other as wipes, peak in, crawl in, fly in, etc., from the left or right to show a build and to enhance the effect of the flow.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

HF007 – Horizontal Flow 007 – Side Bar

Possible use example

HF008 – Horizontal Flow 008 – Side Bar

Possible use example

Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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