How to Use Animation in MS PowerPoint 2013

In PowerPoint, you can animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and pictures. Animation — or movement — on a slide can be used to draw viewers’ attention to specific content or to make the slide easier to read.

Types of PowerPoint Animation

There are many animation effects in PowerPoint that you can choose from.

Entrance – This controls how the object enters the slide. For example, with a bounce animation, the object will “fall” onto the slide and then bounce multiple times.

PowerPoint Entrance Animation screenshot

Emphasis – These animations occur when the object is on the slide, often triggered by a mouse click. For example, you can set an object to spin when you click the mouse.

PowerPoint Emphasis Animation screenshot

Exit – This controls how the object comes out of the slide. For example, with a feed animation, the object will simply fade.

PowerPoint Exit Animation screenshot

Motion Paths – These are similar to the Emphasis effect, except that the object moves within the slide along a predetermined path within the slide.

PowerPoint Motion Paths Animation screenshot

How to Insert Animation
in PowerPoint Slides

  • Select the object you want to animate.
  • On the Animation tab, click on the More drop-down arrow from the Animation group.
Insert Animation in PowerPoint Slides
  • A drop-down menu of animation effects will appear. Select the desired effect.
PowerPoint animation screenshot
  • The effect will be applied to the object. The object will have a smaller number to show that it has an animation. In the slide panel, a star symbol will also appear next to the slide.
PowerPoint animation screenshot
  • At the bottom of the menu, you can access even more effects.
PowerPoint animation screenshot

PowerPoint Animation Effect Options

Some effects will have options that you can change. For example, with Fly in effect, you can control which direction an object comes from. These options can be accessed by the Effect Options command in the PowerPoint Animation group.

PowerPoint animation screenshot

How to Remove an Animation in PowerPoint

Select the small number next to the
animated object.

PowerPoint animation screenshot

Press the Delete key. The animation
will be removed.

How to Add Multiple PowerPoint Animations to an Object

If you select a new PowerPoint animation from the Animation group, it will replace the current animation of the object. However, you sometimes want to place more than one animation on an object, such as Entrance and Exit effect. To do this, you will need to use the Add Animation command, which will allow you to add new animations.

  • Select an object.
  • Click on the Animation tab.
  • In the Advanced Animation group, click the Add Animation command to view the available animations.
  • Select the desired animation effect.
PowerPoint animation screenshot
  • If the object has more than one effect, it will have a different number for each effect. The numbers indicate the order in which the effects will occur.

Thank you for reading hope it will help you. For more information about PowerPoint Animation, you can watch this video.

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