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Animation, video & audio

Animate text or objects

You can animate the text, pictures, shapes, tables, SmartArt graphics, and other objects in your PowerPoint presentation.

Effects can make an object appear, disappear, or move. They can change an object's size or color. Effects can respond to mouse clicks or other actions, giving an interactive feel to your presentation. 

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There's also a related video about animating text.

Add animations to text, pictures, shapes, and more in your presentation

  1. Select the object or text you want to animate.

  2. Select Animations and choose an animation.

  3. 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

  1. Select an object or text with an animation.

  2. Select Add Animation and choose one.

Change the order of animations

  1. Select an animation marker.

  2. 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.

  1. Press Ctrl and select the objects you want.

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

  3. Select Animations and choose an animation.

Add animation to text, an object, or a chart

  • Select the item that you want to animate, click the Animations tab, and then choose one of the following:

    If you want an item to

    Click here on the Animations tab of the ribbon

    Appear on the slide

    Choose one of the motion options to animate text or an object

    (Click the right arrow to see more choices)

    Receive emphasis

    Choose one of the emphasis options to highlight text or an object

    Exit the slide

    Choose one of the exit options to animate an object so it disappears from the screen

    Follow a defined path

    Choose one of the Motion Path options to make objects move in a defined way

You can apply more than one animation to a single object. Simply select the object again and apply an additional effect.

Each animation effect is represented on the slide by a number  Animation number  next to the object, which indicates the order that it will play in.  If two animation effects are set to play at the same time, they are represented by a numbered stack  Animation numbered stack.

Edit animation effects

To change, remove, or reorder animation effects:

  1. Select the slide you want, and then on it, click the number of the animated effect you want to revise.

  2. The Animations pane at the right shows all the animations on the slide.

    Set animation options in the properties pane

    Here you can:

    • Reorder or remove animations in Play From

    • Change how the animation works, or add a sound in Effect Options

      Screenshot shows the Effect Options section of the Animations pane with the Sound menu expanded.

    • Change how the animation starts and how long it lasts in Timing

      Screenshot shows the Timing section of the Animations pane with the Start, Duration, Delay, and Repeat options and a check box for Rewind when done playing.

    • To display a blank chart at the beginning of the animation, with the animation effect selected in the Animation Pane, under Chart Animations, select the Start animation by drawing the chart background check box.

      Screenshot shows the Chart Animations section of the Animations pane with the Group graphic drop-down menu option and the check box for Start animation by drawing the chart background.

Choose Play From to preview your changes.

See also

Animate text and objects with motion paths

Change or remove animation effects

Make words appear one line at a time

Animate bullet points one at a time

Apply an animation

  1. Select the object or text on the slide that you want to animate.

    An "object" in this context is any thing on a slide, such as a picture, a chart, or a text box. Sizing handles appear around an object when you select it on the slide. (For animation purposes, a paragraph within a text box is also an object, but it won't have sizing handles when you select it; instead the entire text box has sizing handles.)

  2. On the Animations tab of the ribbon, open the gallery of animations, and select the one you want.

    The Animations gallery of options in PowerPoint Online
  3. On the Animations tab, open the Effect Options list to select from among the available options. Effect options are available for text or for choosing the direction or intensity of an animation. (Not all animations have Effect options.)

  4. To preview the animation, on the Slide Show tab of the ribbon, select Play from Beginning.

    To start a slide show, on the View tab of the ribbon select Play From Beginning.

    (If you've turned off the Simplified Ribbon, you don't have a Slide Show tab; instead use the View tab to start Slide Show.)

  5. In Slide Show view, click the slide to make an animation effect play.

Remove an animation effect

  1. Select the animated object.

  2. On the Animations tab of the ribbon, open the gallery of animations and select None.

Change the order of animation effects

When you animate an object, a small numerical marker appears just to the left of that object to indicate the presence of an animation effect and its place in the sequence of animations on the slide. These markers appear when the Animation tab of the ribbon is selected.

  1. On the slide, select an animated object.

  2. On the Animation tab of the ribbon, in the Timing group, click Move Earlier or Move Later.

    Each click changes the object's position in the order by one increment. The numbering in the animation markers changes to reflect the ordering of the effects.

See Also

Make text appear one line, one word, or one letter at a time

Add an animated GIF to a slide

Apply multiple animation effects to one object

Add a motion path animation effect

3D animation effects in PowerPoint

Transitions between slides

The difference between animations and transitions

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