Add a motion path animation effect

You can apply motion path animation effects to move slide objects in a sequence that tells an effective story.

For example, the plane on the right (below) shows the starting point of the plane, and the dotted line between the two planes shows the path it will take when the animation plays. The transparent image on the left is where the plane will end up when the motion path animation is done.

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Add a motion path to an object

"Curvey Left" motion path

  1. Click the object you want to animate.

  2. On the Animations tab, click Add Animation.

    Add Animation

  3. Scroll down to Motion Paths, and pick one.
    Scroll down to Motion Paths

    Tip:   If you choose the Custom path option, you will draw the path that you want the object to take.

    Draw a custom path

    To stop drawing a custom path, press Esc.

Advanced motion path options

  1. If you don’t see a motion path that you want, at the bottom of the gallery, click More Motion Paths.
    More motion paths

    Click an animation to see a preview of how the object will move on your slide.

    Click a motion path animation

  2. Once you pick the motion path you want, click OK.

    To remove and animation, on the slide, click the motion path (dotted line with arrow), and then press Delete.

    Click the motion path and press DELETE

Editing motion paths

  1. To do things like change the direction of the motion path, edit the individual points of the motion path, or to lock (make it so others can’t change the animation) or unlock the animation, click Effect Options.

    Edit a motion path effect

  2. To preview the motion path, click the object on the slide, and then click Animations > Preview.

    Tip:   Preview is located on the Animations tab, just below the File tab on the far left.

    Click Preview

Office 365 subscribers have a new option for motion-based animation: Morph
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