PowerPoint – How to add animations in PowerPoint (inc adding multiple animations)

Posted: November 2, 2013

I’ve had a few requests for help with animation in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013. It seems that the options on the new Animations tab are causing a bit of head scratching. I’ve created a wee tutorial to explain how to add an animation, change the display options and add multiple animations to a single object.

Add movement to text, images and charts

Animation allows you to apply movement to elements contained on a slide.  To add animation:

  1. Select the slide for which you require animation effects.
  2. Select the object or objects on the slide you wish to animate, for example, if you want individual bullet points to fly on to the screen select the text box containing the bullet points.  If you would like individual series within a chart animated select the chart first.
  3. From the Animation tab select a suitable animation from the Animation gallery.
  4. From the Effect Options list select a suitable option.

Note: in the example above a chart has been selected therefore the animation options for charting are displayed.  Animation options will differ depending on the object selected.

Animated objects will have a number displayed next to them.  These numbers depict the order in which the animations take place on the slide.  They are not displayed during the presentation.

  • For more specific effect options, e.g. controlled timing, click the Animation Pane button on the Ribbon.  The Animation Pane will be displayed.  Click the drop-down arrow next to individual animations.  Select the option required.
  • Click Preview to see how the animation will be displayed on the selected slide or press Shift+F5 to view the slide in Presentation mode.


Applying more than one animation

to apply multiple animations to an individual element on a slide use the Add Animation button.

Watch the video below for step-by-step instruction on how to do this.

In this video tutorial I demonstrate how to:

  • add a motion path to an object
  • change the direction of the motion path
  • add multiple animations to a single object
  • change the options so that animations only happen after the previous animation
  • adjust timings so that there is a delay between animations


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