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How to Create Animations in PowerPoint

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One challenge all presenters face is keeping an audience engaged. People simply lose focus during a long presentation and may miss main points in a discussion. One way to spruce up a PowerPoint is by incorporating animation.

That said, it's important not to go overboard when implementing them. Too many makes your presentation lose its professional appeal. Instead, keep everything simple and consistent. Audiences are as bothered by excessive animation as they are by lackluster presentations.

To begin, select an object you would like to animate. In this case, an object can include all text boxes, shapes, charts and other items on your slide. Once the object is selected, you can animate it by clicking the Animations tab.


From there, you can choose what you want your object to do. There are several preset features that will make bullet points appear one at a time or even "Fly In." PowerPoint also gives you the option to create your own custom animation path under the Add Animation tab.

Once the animation is set, you can adjust the speed and timing in the Timing tab. You can choose when the animation will begin, how long it will take and even whether it should be played after a delay.

Animations > Timing


If you have multiple animations occurring on a single slide in a presentation, you can adjust the order in which they are animated in the Advanced Animation tab.

Animations > Advanced Animation > Animation Pane


If for any reason you want to remove an animation you already created, you can do so by selecting the numeral next to the object and hitting the Delete key.


Matt D'Angelo

Matt D’Angelo is a Tech Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the staff in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily.