Using the Morph transition in PowerPoint

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PowerPoint has a brand-new transition type, Morph, that can help you make smooth animations, transitions, and object movements across the slides in your presentation. You can apply the Morph transition to slides to create the appearance of movement in a wide range of objects, such as text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt, WordArt, and charts. Check out the video below for a quick intro to using the Morph transition, and read on for step by step instructions.

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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, 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

See also

Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

Morph Transition: Tips and Tricks

Video training: Apply transitions between slides

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