Animate the background of your slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Office 365 subscribers with PowerPoint 2016 for Mac can now add even more visual interest to presentations with Animated Backgrounds for their slides. To get started creating an animated background, simply add a still image as your slide background, and then on the Picture Format tab, select Animate as Background.

Note: Animate as Background is only available if you have an Office 365 subscription .

Add motion to a still slide background image

  1. Select the slide you want to add an animated background to, then go to Insert > Pictures, and choose either Photo Browser or Photo from File.

  2. Select the picture you want, and then select Insert. You may need to resize the picture to fill up the slide.

  3. On the Picture Format tab, select Animate as Background.

    Shows the Animate as Background button in the Picture Format tab in PowerPoint for Mac

    A dialog will open with a preview of your background picture.

  4. Click on the parts of the picture you want to have the movement of your animated background focused on. When you're done selecting points of interest, click Apply.

    Shows a photo with several numbered points of interest selected to be used in an Animated Background in PowerPoint.

  5. To see your animations in action, view the slide in Slide Show mode.

    To edit your animations, select the background picture and select Animate as Background again, and repeat step 3.

    Shows the Animate as Background button in the Picture Format tab in PowerPoint for Mac

You can add text and other content to the slides over your background images, and they'll remain in place while the background moves behind them.

Note: While you can only created animated backgrounds in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, they'll be able to play back in other versions of PowerPoint.

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