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Animation, video & audio

Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint

The Morph transition allows you to animate smooth movement from one slide to the next. 

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You can apply the Morph transition to slides to create the appearance of movement in a wide range of things—text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt graphics, and WordArt. However, charts don't morph. 

Note: Morph is available if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription or are using PowerPoint 2019 or PowerPoint 2021. For Microsoft 365 subscribers using PowerPoint for the web, Morph is available when you are using files stored in OneDrive for work or school or SharePoint in Microsoft 365.

How to set up a Morph transition

To use the Morph transition effectively, you'll need to have two slides with at least one object in common—the easiest way is to duplicate the slide and then move the object on the second slide to a different place, or copy and paste the object from one slide and add it to the next. Then, apply the Morph transition to the second slide to see what Morph can do to automatically animate and move your object. Here's how:

  1. In the Thumbnail pane on the left side, click the slide that you want to apply a transition to, which should be the second slide you added the object, picture, or words you'd like to apply the morph effect to.

  2. On the Transitions tab, select Morph.

    Shows the Morph transition on the Transitions menu in PowerPoint 2016

    Note: In PowerPoint for Android, select Transitions > Transition Effects > Morph.

  3. Select Transitions > Effect Options to choose just how you'd like the Morph transition to work.

    Shows transition effect options for the Morph transition in PowerPoint 2016

    You can move objects around on the slide, change colors, move words and characters around, and much more.

  4. Click Preview to see the Morph transition in action.

    Preview button on the Transitions tab

Here's an example of how the Morph transition can seamlessly animate objects across slides.

This is the original slide:

Shows a slide before the Morph transition has been applied

This is the second slide with the same objects after the Morph transition has been applied. The planets moved without needing individual motion paths or animations to be applied to them.

Shows a slide after the Morph transition has been applied


To create Morph transitions, you need PowerPoint for the web, PowerPoint 2019 or PowerPoint for Microsoft 365. Other versions of PowerPoint (as listed below) can play Morph transitions but can't create them. We encourage you to get an Office 365 subscription to stay up to date with the latest Office features, including Morph.

PowerPoint version

What you can do with Morph

PowerPoint for Office 365, version 1511 or newer

PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, version 15.19 or newer

Create and play Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2021 

PowerPoint 2021 for Mac

Create and play Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2019

PowerPoint 2019 for Mac

Create and play Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2016, installed with Click-to-Run1
Version 1511 (Build 16.0.4358.1000) or newer

Play Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2016, installed with Microsoft Installer1 (MSI)
Build 16.0.4358.1000 or newer, with Office updates installed2

Play Morph transitions

PowerPoint for the web

Create and play Morph transitions

PowerPoint for Android

PowerPoint for iOS

PowerPoint Mobile for Windows

Create and play Morph transitions

A Microsoft 365 subscription is required for creating a Morph in these mobile apps.

1 See Is my Office Click-to-Run or MSI-based? below.

2 The following Office updates must be installed. Without them, PowerPoint 2016 can't play a Morph transition, and instead it plays a Fade transition.

Is my Office Click-to-Run or MSI-based?

  1. Open an Office application, such as Outlook or Word.

  2. Go to File > Account or Office Account.

  3. If you see an "Update Options" item, you have a Click-to-Run installation. If you don't see the "Update Options" item, you have an MSI-based install.

    CTR vs MSI

If you've used Magic Move in Keynote, you'll find that Morph can do similar things.

See Also

Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

Morph Transition: Tips and Tricks

Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint for Android

Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint for Mac, iPad and iPhone

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