Set the start time and speed of an animation effect

In PowerPoint, you can control when an animation effect starts and the speed at which it happens. You can even repeat or rewind the effect to get just the right look and feel for your presentation. This article will show you a few ways to fine-tune the animations in your presentations.

Set the start time

You can set an animation effect to start when you click the mouse, or in coordination with other animation effects on the slide.

  1. On the slide, click the text or object that contains the animation effect that you want to set the start timing for.

  2. On the Animations tab, click the Start down arrow, and pick one of the following:

    Set the timing to start an animation

    • To start the animation when you click the slide, select On Click.

    • To start the animation at the same time as the previous effect in the list (where one click executes multiple animation effects), select With Previous.

    • To start the animation effect immediately after the previous effect in the list finishes, select After Previous.

Set the speed

To run your animation effect at a pace that faster or slower, change the Duration setting.

  1. On the slide, click the text or object that contains the animation effect that you want to set the speed for.

  2. On the Animations tab, in the Duration box, enter the number of seconds that you want the effect to run.

    Set the speed of the animation effect

    Tip:  Smaller numbers mean the effect will run faster and will finish sooner, and larger numbers meansthe effect will run slower and take longer to finish.

Delay the start time

If you want to delay the start time or pause in between animation effects on a slide, you can set a delay on one or more effects.

  1. On the slide, click the text or object that contains the animation effect that you want to set a delay for or another timing option.

  2. On the Animations tab, in the Delay box, enter in the number of seconds that you want the effect to pause before running.

    Pause or delay before starting the next animation effect

    Tip:  The start of an effect’s delay period is controlled by its Start setting. For example, if an effect is set to start After Previous with a delay of 1.5 seconds, its delay of 1.5 seconds begins when the previous effect ends.

Repeat or rewind

Normally, when an animated object has run its course, it stays at its endpoint and appears in its final form. You can set an animation effect (or sequence of effects) to return to its original state, or repeat.

  1. On the Animations tab, click the Show Additional Effect Options launcher Click the Show Additional Effect Options launcher .

Show Additional Animation Effects

  1. Click the Timing tab, and do one or both of the following:

    • To play an animation effect more than once, select an option in the Repeat list.

    • To automatically return an animation effect to its original state and location on the slide after it plays, check the Rewind when done playing box.

      Repeat or rewind the animation effect

For more information about using PowerPoint animation effects see:

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