Animate text, objects, and charts in PowerPoint for Mac

You can animate the text, objects, and charts in your presentation to give them visual effects, including entrances, exits, changes in size or color, and even movement. You can use any animation effect by itself or combine multiple effects together. For instance, you can make a line of text fly in from the left while it grows in size by applying both a Fly In entrance effect and a Grow/Shrink emphasis effect.

Note: Transitions are another way to add visual effects when moving from one slide to another in a slide show. For more information about how to add transitions between slides, see Add, edit, or remove transitions.

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

Animate a word on a slide

Animate bullet points one at a time

Add animation effects to text, an object, or a chart

  1. Select the text, object, or chart that you want to apply an animation effect to.

  2. Do one of the following:

    To animate how the text, object, or chart

    Do this

    Enters the slide

    On the Animations tab, under Entrance Effects, click the animation that you want.

    Animations tab, Entrance Effects group

    To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Are emphasized on the slide

    On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click the animation that you want.

    Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group

    To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Exits the slide

    On the Animations tab, under Exit Effects, click the animation that you want.

    Animations tab, Exit Effects group

    To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Follows a motion path on the slide

    On the Animations tab, under Motion, click Paths, and then click the animation that you want.

    Animations tab, Motion group

    Movie or audio play, pause, or stop

    Note: You must select the audio or video object on the slide to see the animation effects that are available.

    On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click Play, Pause, or Stop.

    Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group with media selected

  3. To vary the animation, such as the direction the animated object moves, under Animation Options, click Effect Options, and then choose the variation that you want.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

Tips: 

  • 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 .

  • You can change other animation options, such as the speed or how the animations starts. For more information, see Change animation order, speed, or how it starts.

  • To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

  • 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.

What if "Effect Options" isn't available?

  • The Effect Options button may be grayed out because there are no effect options available for the animation effect or type of object being animated. But before you assume that is the case, make sure the animation number Animation number is selected, rather than the object, and then try clicking Effect Options again.

You can apply multiple animation effects to the same object. The animations can occur one after the other, or at the same time. The following steps explain how to make an object fly in from the left while at the same time growing in size.

Apply multiple animations to text, a single object, or chart

  1. Select the text, object, or chart that you want to apply an animation effect to.

  2. On the Animations tab, under Entrance Effects, click Fly In.

    Animations tab, Entrance Effects group

    To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow .

  3. Select the text, object, or chart again.

  4. On the Animations tab, under Emphasis Effects, click Grow/Shrink.

    Animations tab, Emphasis Effects group

    To see more animations, point to an animation effect, and then click More Down Arrow .

  5. Select the animation effect that you just added on the slide.

    Note: 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.

  6. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, on the Start pop-up menu, click With Previous.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

    Tip: To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

You can view the list of animations on the slide to modify the order they play in, change advanced options, or remove an animation.

View a list of animations on a slide

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide with the animation effects that you want to view.

    • On the View menu, click Normal.

    • In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

Add a sound to an animation

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to change.

  2. Click in the slide, and then on the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

  3. Under Animation order, click the animation effect.

  4. Under Effect Options, on the Sound pop-up menu, click a sound effect.

  5. To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

    Animations tab, Preview group

Change the order of animation effects on a slide

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to change.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

  3. Under Animation order, click an animation effect.

  4. To move the animation effect, click the up arrow or the down arrow.

    Tip: To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

Change the speed of the animation effect

The speed of the animation effect is determined by how long the effect plays, or the duration.

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to change, and then click the Animation tab.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the slide, select the animation effect that you want to change.

    Tips: 

    1. 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 .

    2. To select an animation effect that is in a numbered stack   Animation numbered stack , you must view the full list of animation effects on the slide. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder, and then click the animation that you want.

  3. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, in the Duration box, enter the number of seconds that you want the animation effect to last.

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

    Tip: To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

Change how an animation effect starts

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide that contains the animation effect that you want to change, and then click the Animation tab.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the slide, select the animation effect that you want to change.

    Tips: 

    1. 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 .

    2. To select an animation effect that is in a numbered stack   Animation numbered stack , you must view the full list of animation effects on the slide. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, click Reorder, and then click the animation that you want.

  3. On the Animations tab, under Animation Options, on the Start pop-up menu, do one of the following:

    Animations tab, Animation Options group

To start the animation effect

Click

When you click the slide

On Click

At the same time as the previous animation effect in the list (one click starts two or more animation effects at the same time)

With Previous

Immediately after the previous animation effect in the list finishes playing (no additional click is required to make the next animation effect start)

After Previous

To preview all animation effects on the slide, on the Animations tab, under Preview, click Play.

See also

Animate text and objects

Animate text and objects with motion paths

Change or remove animation effects

Change the object or text color after an animation plays

Animate a word on a slide

Animate bullet points on a slide

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