How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Add animation and effects to text, pictures, shapes, and objects in your PowerPoint presentation.

Add animations and effects

Select the object or text you want to animate.

Select Animations and choose an animation.

Select Effect Options and choose an effect.

Manage animations and effects

There are different ways to start animations in your presentation:

On Click – Start an animation when you click a slide.

With Previous – Play an animation at the same time as the previous animation in your sequence.

After Previous – Start an animation immediately after the previous one happens.

Duration – Lengthen or shorten an effect.

Delay – Add time before an effect runs.

Add more effects to an animation

Select an object or text with an animation.

Select Add Animation and choose one.

Change the order of animations

Select an animation marker.

Choose the option you want:

Move Earlier – Make an animation appear earlier in the sequence.

Move Later – Make an animation occur later in the sequence.

Add animation to grouped objects

You can add an animation to grouped objects, text, and more.

Press Ctrl and select the objects you want.

Select Format > Group > Group to group the objects together.

Animation is a great way to emphasize a point, control information flow, and increase viewer interest.

Add an animation effect

Tap the slide you want to animate.

Tap the Edit icon , tap Home, and then tap Animations.

Tap the object you want to animate, such as a block of text or a shape.

Choose the type of animation; for example, tap Entrance Effects.

Choose the effect that you want to add; for example, tap Fly In. A numbered animation marker appears to indicate the effect’s presence.

(You can add multiple animations to an item, such as an entrance animation and an exit animation.)

(Optional) Tap Effect Options Property to customize the animation effect. Depending on the type of animation you are using, you can choose the direction and sequence of the animation.

The mobile app can’t insert all the animation effects that the desktop app includes, but it can play any animation effect added by any PowerPoint app.

Remove an animation effect

Go to the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to remove.

Tap the numeric animation marker.

Tap Delete.

See animations in a presentation

Tap the slide show icon on the upper toolbar to start your presentation.

If you don’t see the toolbar at the top of the window, tap the down arrow on the floating toolbar to hide that toolbar and show the upper toolbar.

To navigate through the presentation:

Flick left to go to the next slide (or slide animation). Flick right to go to the previous one.

To stop the slide show, tap the End Show icon .

Add an animation effect

Tap the slide you want to animate.

Tap the Edit icon , tap Home, and then tap Animations.

Tap the object you want to animate, such as a block of text or a shape.

Choose the type of animation; for example, tap Entrance Effects.

Choose the effect that you want to add; for example, tap Fly In. A numbered animation marker appears to indicate the effect’s presence.

(You can add multiple animations to an item, such as an entrance animation and an exit animation.)

(Optional) Tap Effect Options Property to customize the animation effect. Depending on the type of animation you are using, you can choose the direction and sequence of the animation.

The mobile app can’t insert all the animation effects that the desktop app includes, but it can play any animation effect added by any PowerPoint app.

Remove an animation effect

Go to the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to remove.

Tap the numeric animation marker.

Tap Delete.

See an animation effect in action

Tap the Play icon to start your presentation .

To navigate through the presentation:

Flick left to go to the next slide (or slide animation). Flick right to go to the previous one.

To stop the slide show, tap the End Show icon .

See animations in a presentation

Tap the slide show icon to start your presentation.

To navigate through the presentation:

Flick left to go to the next slide (or slide animation), or flick right to go to the previous one.

To zoom in or out on a slide, you can either pinch your fingers together on the screen, or stretch them apart.

To exit the show, tap the top of your screen, and then tap End Show.

On your Windows phone, tap the End Show icon at the top of your screen .

Add or remove animations

On a Windows tablet or phone, you can’t use the PowerPoint app to add animations to or remove animations from a presentation; however, you can play back animations that have been added previously with another version of PowerPoint.

Sound effects and motion paths aren’t available

You can’t add sound effects or motion paths to animations in PowerPoint on mobile devices at this time.

Animations versus transitions

In PowerPoint, animations are not the same as transitions . An animation affects a single slide. A transition animates the way one slide changes to the next. For information about adding and removing transitions, go to Add transition effects to your PowerPoint presentation with your mobile device.

Many of the animation effects available in the PowerPoint desktop application are also available in PowerPoint for the web Also, PowerPoint for the web can play animation effects that were applied in the PowerPoint desktop application.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

The following animation effects are currently available in PowerPoint for the web, and most can be applied to pictures, shapes, and text:

Appear entrance

Text or object rapidly appears

Fade In entrance

Text or object gradually comes into view

Fly In entrance

Text or object flies in from the bottom, top, left, or right sides

Split entrance

Text or object becomes whole as its halves unite from a specified direction

Wipe entrance

Text or object is wiped into place from a specified direction

Random Bars entrance

Text or object comes into view from behind bars that turn and disappear

Grown & Turn entrance

Text or object spins forward into view from a distance

Zoom entrance

Text or object zooms into view from a distance

Basic Zoom entrance

Text or object zooms into view from a distance less subtly than with the Zoom entrance

Blinds entrance

Text or object comes into view from behind vertical or horizontal window blinds

Box entrance

Text or object takes shape as a box, growing either from the edges or the center

Text or object appears in checkerboard fashion

Text or object grows from the middle outward

Text or object slides into view from a specified direction

Text or object flies in from the bottom, then settles into place

Text or object stretches into place from a specified direction

Strips entrance

Text or object peels into place from a specified direction

Spin emphasis

Text or object spins clockwise or counterclockwise

Grow/Shrink emphasis

Text or object first grows, then shrinks to specified size

Transparency emphasis

Text or object appears at a specified level of transparency

Line Color emphasis

Text or object border color changes toa specified color

Fill Color emphasis

Text or object is visible as a specified block of color appears

Font Color emphasis

Text becomes a specified color

Disappear exit

Text or object disappears rapidly

Text or object fades from view

Fly Out exit

Text or object flies away in a specified direction

Split exit

Text or object splits in half from a specified direction and disappears

Text or object is wiped away from a specified direction and disappears

Random Bars exit

Text or object disappears behind bars that also then disappear

Text or object zooms into the distance and disappears

Basic Zoom exit

Text or object zooms into the distance (less subtly than the Zoom exit does) and disappears

Blinds exit

Text or object comes disappears from view from behind vertical or horizontal window blinds

Text or object exits in a box shape, receding either from the edges or the center

Checkerbox exit

Text or object disappears in checkerboard fashion.

Peek Out exit

Text or object recedes from view in a specified direction

Stretchy exit

Text or object stretches horizontally as it disappears

Strips exit

Text or object peels off in a specified direction

Note: The Existing option plays an animation effect that was applied to the picture, shape, or text in the PowerPoint desktop application.

More information about using animation effects in your presentation:

We regularly update the Office apps for the web to include new and improved features, so check our Microsoft 365 Blog for announcements.

You can apply multiple animation effects to a single string of text or an object, such as a picture, shape, or SmartArt graphic.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Tip: When working with multiple animation effects, it helps to work in the Animation Pane, where you can see a list of all the animation effects for the current slide.

Open the Animation Pane

Select the object on the slide that you want to animate.

On the Animations tab, click Animation Pane.

Click Add Animation, and pick an animation effect.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

To apply additional animation effects to the same object, select it, click Add Animation and pick another animation effect.

Important: After applying the first animation effect, if you try to add more animation effects any other way other than clicking Add Animation, you won’t apply an additional effect. Instead, you’ll replace the existing effect with a the one you’re adding.

Set the start time and length of an animation effect

When you want to control the timing of your animation effects, do the following for each animation effect:

In the Animation Pane, click the down arrow next to the animation effect, and then click Timing.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

On the Timing tab, click the Start down arrow, and choose from the following start times:

To play when you click the mouse, pick On Click.

To play at the same time as the previous animation effect, pick With Previous

To play after the previous animation effect plays, pick After Previous.

Tip: The previous animation effect is the one listed in the playing order in the Animation Pane (usually located just above the animation you are setting the timing for).

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

To delay the animation effect from starting, click the Delay up arrow to the number of seconds you want.

To change the speed of the animation effect, set the Duration to the level you want.

To watch how the animation effects work together, click Preview on the Animation tab.

Tip for working with multiple animation effects

When you work with multiple objects on a slide, it can be difficult to differentiate each object and their applied animation effects from one another.

In the picture, below, the default object names don’t provide much of a description so it’s hard to tell which object has what animation effect applied to it.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

In the Selection Pane, you can give each object a distinct name to make it easier to work with them when you are applying animations to each. See below:

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

To change the default names of the objects, on the Home tab, click Select, and then click Selection Pane.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

In the Selection Pane, double-click the default object name to open the box, and type a new name for the object.

Animation can help make a PowerPoint presentation more dynamic, and help make information more memorable. The most common types of animation effects include entrances and exits. You can also add sound to increase the intensity of your animation effects.

Presentation experts recommend using animations and sound effects sparingly. Animation can be useful in making a presentation more dynamic, and help to emphasize points, but too much animation can be distracting. Do not let animation and sound take the focus away from what you are saying.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

Select the text or object that you want to animate.

On the Animations tab, in the Animation group, click an animation effect from the gallery. Click the More arrow to see more options.

Note: In the gallery, entrance effects icons are colored green, emphasis effects icons are colored yellow, and exit effects icons are colored red.

To alter how your selected text animates, click Effect Options, and then click what you want the animation to do.

Note: Not all animation effects offer the same Effect Options choices.

To specify the timing of the effects, on the Animations tab, use the commands in the Timing group. For more information, see Set the animation timing or effect options.

Watch this short video demo on adding entrance and exit animation effects. The animations applied are examples; you can use the same procedure to apply any animation available to text or to objects.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

To add sound to animated text or an object, do the following:

On the Animations tab, in the Advanced Animation group, click Animation Pane. The Animation Pane opens on the side of the workspace pane, showing the order, type, and duration of animation effects applied to text or objects on a slide.

Locate the effect to which you want to add sound, click the down arrow, and then click Effect Options.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Note: The Effect Options dialog box displays different options, according to the type of animation selected.

On the Effect tab, under Enhancements, in the Sound box, click the arrow to open the list and then do one of the following:

Click a sound from the list, and then click OK.

To add a sound from a file, click Other Sound from the list, locate the sound file that you want to use, and then click Open.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

When you click OK or Open, the slide plays a preview of the animation with the sound added. To change the preview sound volume, click Sound and move the slider up or down. To turn off the preview sound, select the Mute check box.

Repeat for each bullet of text to which you want to add a sound effect.

To preview all the animation and sound applied to a slide, in the Animation Pane, click Play From.

Click the object or text to which you want to add a motion path. The path that you apply is followed by the center of the object or text bullet.

On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, under Motion Paths, do one of the following:

Click Lines, Arcs, Turns, Shapes, orLoops. The path chosen appears as a dotted line on the selected object or text object. The green arrow indicates the path’s beginning and the red arrow indicates its end.

Click Custom Path. Click where you want the motion path to start.
To draw a path of connected straight lines, move the pointer and click where you want the line to end. Draw the next connected line by clicking where you want it to end. Double-click at the motion’s final end point.
To draw an irregular path, hold down the left mouse button and move the pointer on the path that you want the motion path to follow. Double-click at the motion’s final end point.

To see the complete animation and sound for the slide, on the Animations tab, in the Preview group, click Preview.

To move the entire motion path, click it to turn the pointer to a four-way arrow , then drag the motion path where you want it.

The Shapes and Loops paths are closed, meaning the object returns to its starting point. To return to the starting point with an open path, such as Lines, Arcs, Turns, or Custom Path, right-click the path and then click Close Path. A linear path is added from the previous end point to the starting point.

To change the shape of a motion path, right-click the path and then click Edit Points. Square black handles appear on the path. Drag one of the handles to move that portion of the path.

Any part of the path, including the beginning or ending point, can operate off the slide.

You can add more complex or custom animation motions to text or an object. Watch this short demo to see some examples.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

To apply an animation effect to a SmartArt graphic, see Animate your SmartArt graphic.

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Highlight Text on a PowerPoint Slide Using Emphasis Animation Effects

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated March 12, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft ® PowerPoint ® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

If you want to focus attention on a key point on a PowerPoint slide, you may want to highlight text. One way to do this is to use emphasis animation effects. You can use this type of animation to change the color of text, apply a fill to the shape containing the text or even have the text grow or shrink. Many of the emphasis effects change colors but keep in mind that some audience members may not be able to see specific colors so it’s a good idea to combine color emphasis with some other text effect like bold.

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Applying an emphasis animation to highlight text

You can apply emphasis animations to text boxes or placeholders in PowerPoint. If you want to highlight text, common emphasis animations are Font Color or Brush Color. Emphasis animations are enabled only for the type of object you select. For example, you can only apply Font Color to a text object.

To apply an emphasis animation to a text box or placeholder

  1. Click in the text box or placeholder you want to animate.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, click the More down arrow on the bottom right of the Animations gallery.
  4. Click an emphasis animation in the Emphasis group.
  5. If you would like to select an emphasis effect that does not appear in the Emphasis group, click More Emphasis Effects at the bottom of the gallery. A dialog box appears.
  6. Click the emphasis effect you want to apply.
  7. Click OK.

You can also apply an emphasis animation by clicking Add Animation on the Animations tab in the Advanced Animation group.

The Change Emphasis Effect dialog box includes several other emphasis animations (some are only available in specific versions and for certain types of objects):

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

The most common animations that will change the color of text are:

  • Font Color
  • Brush Color
  • Complementary Color
  • Complementary Color 2
  • Darken
  • Lighten
  • Desaturate

If you use Object Color, the color of the object or shape containing the text will change. If you use Line Color, the color of the line around the object or shape containing the text will change. You can also use Underline to apply an underline animation effect.

Previewing animation effects

After you add an animation effect, you can click the Preview or Play button on the Animations tab in the Ribbon to preview it. You can also preview animations by running a slide show (click the Slide Show button on the bottom right of your screen). By default, animations are set to play on click.

Setting Effect Options

You can also set different Effect Options for emphasis animations. Effect Options change depending on the animation effect you selected. For example, if you selected the Font Color emphasis effect, options would include different colors.

To set an effect option for an emphasis animation effect for a text object:

  1. Click in the text box or placeholder you want to animate. You can also click its edge. We’ll assume here that there is one animation applied to the object.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Click Effect Options. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click an option.

The following Effect Options appear for the Font Color emphasis animation:

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Controlling the way an animation starts

Although animations are set by default to start on click, you can start them in other ways.

To control the way a text animation starts:

  1. Click in the text box or placeholder you want to animate. You can also click its edge. We’ll assume here that there is one animation applied to the object.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, select an option from the Start drop-down menu in the Timing group. You can select On Click, With Previous or After Previous. With Previous or After Previous will run based on a previous animation.

Note the Start setting is set by default to On Click:

Setting the speed or duration of an animation

When you apply an animation, a duration or speed is automatically set for the animation (in seconds). The default duration is different for each animation effect. The initial duration is often fast and you may want to increase the duration to slow it down.

To set a speed or duration of a text animation:

  1. Click in the text box or placeholder you want to animate. You can also click its edge. We’ll assume here that there is one animation applied to the object.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, enter a time for the animation in Duration area inf the Timing group. You can click the up and down arrows to change the duration or type a duration.

Note the Duration in the example below:

Removing an animation

To remove animations from one or more objects on a slide:

  1. Select an object. For text objects, click the edge of the text box or placeholder or click in it.
  2. Shift-click any other objects with animations you want to remove.
  3. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  4. In the Animations group, click None in the Animations gallery.

Emphasis animations are one way to highlight text in PowerPoint. Check out the article How to Highlight Text in PowerPoint (5 Ways) for other strategies for highlighting text.

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How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Make an Object Appear and Then Disappear on a PowerPoint Slide Using Entrance and Exit Animations

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated February 5, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft ® PowerPoint ® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can combine entrance and exit animations in PowerPoint to make an object appear and disappear on a slide during a slide show. This can occur automatically or on click. An object is typically a shape, image, text placeholder or text box.

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To apply animations, use the Animations tab in the Ribbon:

The expanded Animations Gallery appears when you click the More down arrow in the Animations group:

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

If you want to apply more than one animation to an object, you will need to use Add Animation in the Advanced Animation group.

Animations are typically added to objects in Normal View (but can be applied in Slide Master View).

In this article, we are using animations to make objects appear and disappear. Check out the article How to Use Morph in PowerPoint to Design Engaging Presentations for other ways to make objects move on or off a slide during a slide show using the Morph transition.

Adding an entrance animation to make an object appear

To apply an entrance animation to an object to make it appear on click:

  1. Select an object. For text objects, click in the text box or placeholder or click its edge.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, click the More down arrow on the bottom right of the Animations Gallery.
  4. Click the Appear entrance animation in the Entrance group. Other common entrance effects are Fly In or Fade.

You can also apply an entrance animation by clicking Add Animation on the Animations tab in the Advanced Animation group.

By default, the object will appear on click during a slide show.

Adding an exit animation to make an object disappear

To apply an exit animation to an object to make it disappear on click:

  1. Select an object. For text objects, click in the text box or placeholder or click its edge.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Click Add Animation in the Advanced Animations group (you must select Add Animation if you are adding more than one animation to an object). A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click the Disappear exit animation in the Exit group. Other common exit animations are Fly Out or Fade.

Displaying the Animation Pane

When you apply multiple animations to an object, it’s best to display the Animation Pane so you can easily edit the animations.

To display the Animation Pane:

  1. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animations group. The Animation Pane appears on the right side of the screen.

The Animation Pane will display the animations you have applied. If you have applied an entrance and exit effect, two animation effects will appear in the Animation Pane. You can click the animation effect in the Animation Pane and click the arrow to the right to display a drop-down menu with options or you can select options in the Ribbon for that effect.

In the Animation Pane, a green star appears beside entrance animations and a red star appears beside exit animations as follows:

How to add animation effects in microsoft powerpoint

Changing the way an object starts

Animations are set by default to start on click during a slide show. If you want an animation to start automatically, you will need to change the start setting.

To start an animation automatically, you have two options:

  • After Previous – the animation sequence will begin once a previous animation effect or effects is completed. The start of a slide show is also a previous effect.
  • With Previous – the animation sequence will begin at the same time as a previous animation effect or effects. The start of a slide show is also a previous effect.

To change the way an animation starts:

  1. Select the animation effect in the Animation Pane.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Timing group, select an option from the Start drop-down menu.

Setting the speed or duration of an animation

When you apply an animation, a duration or speed is automatically set for the animation (in seconds). The default duration is different for each animation effect. The initial duration is often fast and you may want to increase the duration to slow it down.

To set a speed or duration of an animation:

  1. Select the animation effect in the Animation Pane.
  2. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Animations group, enter a time (in seconds) for the animation in the Duration area of the Timing group. You can click the up and down arrows to change the duration or type a duration.

Note the Duration in the example below:

Running a slide show

The final step is to run the slide show to see your object appear and disappear. Simply click the Slide Show button on the bottom right of the screen. Use the right and left arrows to move from slide to slide or start the animations. You can use many other methods to advance a presentation. Check out PowerPoint Slide Show Shortcuts (50+ Shortcuts) for other shortcuts you can use during a slide show.

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In presentation we often use (famous) quotes to make a point, highlight an idea and create some provocation. There a several ways of displaying a quote, depending on the style of your presentation and also your speaking profile an non-animated slide may be sufficient. Sometimes, you want to use a simple animation like displaying the quote slowly letter by letter to read along or let work on the audience.

The video takes about 2 minutes (see below), but for simplicity here you also can find the text description.

How to add a typewriter animation to your text

Now a step by step guide on how to add a slide with a text and typewriter animation in PowerPoint.

  1. Create a new slide, ideally with a blank layout.
  2. Add a text box or use an existing text box. Enter the quote.
  3. Go to the “Animations” tab, select the text box and click on the animation called “Appear”.
  4. Very important: Open the “Animations Pane” in the tool bar, it is located on the top quite to the right side.
  5. The “Animations Pane” should open on the right side of the screen. There should be a short list with all animations from this slide (usually just one). Click on the appropriate animation with the right mouse button. Select “Effect Options” from the list.
  6. In the open dialog windows, the third entry will be “Animate text:” select “by letter”. Optionally you can set the delay between each letter below. I recommend a 0.1 seconds delay.
  7. Confirm with clicking on “Ok”. You are done.

IMPORTANT: There is also an “Effect Options” element in the tool bar, the problem is this doesn’t open the dialog windows, thus this can be very misleading. So keep in mind that only the “Effect Options” in the “Animations Pane” provide the proper dialog windows.