PowerPoint 2016 Animation

Learn how to apply animation to text, graphics and SmartArt.

Animations are visual effects that are applied to individual items on the slide such as graphics, titles or bullet points.  Keep in mind when using animation that it should enhance the presentation and not distract your audience.   Below are the step-by-step instructions for utilizing PowerPoint 2016 Animation.  The instructions include applying animation to text, objects and SmartArt graphics as well as setting triggers and changing their order. 

IMPORTANT:  To ensure the animations will play when you present your slide show, make sure the Show without animation box is cleared.  This can be found when you go to the Slide show tab, Click Set Up Slide Show in the Set Up group.

Applying Animation to Text or Objects
  1. Select the object or text on the slide that you need to animate.
  2. Click the Animations tab.
  3. Click Add Animation from the Animation group.powerpoint-2016-animation-image-1a
  4. Select the animation effect you want to use. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-1

There are four types of animations

  • Entrance – Entrance effects make an object fade gradually into focus, fly onto the slide from an edge, or bounce into view.
  • Exit – Exit effects include making an object fly off of the slide, disappear from view, or spiral off the slide.
  • Emphasis – Emphasis effects include making an object shrink or grow in size, change color, or spin on its center.
  • You can also use Motion Paths to make an object move up or down, left or right, in a star or circular pattern, or draw your own path.
  1. Once you select your animation, the selected text or object will preview the animation so you can determine if it is the one you want to add.
  2. Continue this process for each text or object to be animated.
Applying Animation to a SmartArt Graphic
  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you need to animate. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-2a
  2. Click the Animations tab.
  3. Click Add Animation from the Animation group. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-1a
  4. Select the animation effect you want to use.
  5. The animation is applied to the whole SmartArt graphic. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-2
Applying Animation to individual Shapes in Your SmartArt Graphic
  1. Select the SmartArt graphic you need to animate.powerpoint-2016-animation-image-3
  2. Click the Animations tab.
  3. Click Add Animation from the Animation group. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-1a
  4. Select the animation effect you want to use.
  5. Click Effect Options in the Animation group.powerpoint-2016-animation-image-4
  6. Click the Sequence option you want to use –
    • As One Object – (Default) Animation is applied to the whole SmartArt graphic.
    • All at Once – All the shapes in the SmartArt graphic are animated at the same time.
    • One by One – Shapes are added one at a time.
    • Level at Once – All shapes for the same level are added at the same time before moving to the next level.
    • Level One by One – The shapes are animated first by level and then individually within that level.
Triggering an Animation to Play
  1. After the animation/s have been added, click the Animations tab.
  2. Click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animations group. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-5
  3. This will open the Animation Pane, listing the animations on the selected slide. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-6
  4. In the Animation Pane, select the animation you want to add the trigger to.
  5. Click Trigger in the Advanced Animation group.
  6. Click On Click of and select the object from the available options. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-7
Change the Playing Order of Your Animation Effects
  1. Click the object on your slide with the animation effects that you want to reorder.
  2. Click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animations group.
  3. This will open the Animation Pane, listing the animations on the selected slide. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-8a
  4. In the Animation Pane, click and hold the animation effect you want to move, and drag it up or down to a new position. A red line appears when you reach the new position.  Release the mouse button to complete the move. powerpoint-2016-animation-image-8

 

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