In Keynote 6.6.1, how do I make the "previous" bullets become grayed-out when advancing bullets?

I know it has something to do with "Build Order" and "build out", but I don't want the bullets to completely disappear (with splashy animations) after they are no longer "current". Rather I want them to remain visible, but in a slightly diminished form.

How to achieve that?

I used to have this nailed down, but I think the UI has changed and/or I forgot how to do this.

Kinda inverse of the animated gif found in the question here: Reveal each bullet by opacity in Keynote 6.6?


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Ok. Found it. You just have to select "By highlighted bullet" instead of "By bullet" for build order.

Has nothing to do with build-out!

  • nice one, +1 from me; i was in exact situation: i (thought) i had this dialed, but UI changed. your solution is essentially a keynote shortcut for a pattern that used to take quite a few manual steps.
    – doug
    Aug 10, 2017 at 22:45

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