PowerPoint – Add animation to elements of a Chart

Posted: March 26, 2014

PROBLEM: Wasting time creating multiple copies of the same chart so that the audience sees each data series introduced individually.  For example, data for Week 1 is displayed on one slide then the data for week 2 is added on the next slide…and so on.

SOLUTION: quickly add animation to a Chart in PowerPoint.  Use animation to display elements as required.

PowerPoint – Introducing elements of a Chart individually using Animation

Instead of displaying the entire chart content all at once use animation to display elements as required.  This allows you to introduce each element to the audience, focus on the element and then move on when ready.  For example, if you wanted to display the series columns representing the sales for abc widgets first and then add the columns for the sales figures for xyz widgets you can place an animation on the chart so that each series of columns is introduced separately.  To do this:

  1. Go to the slide containing the chart and then select the chart.
  2. On the Animations tab select an animation from the Gallery in the Animate group.
  3. Now click the Effect Options button and then select an animation option that suits.  PowerPoint will give you a preview of how the animation will appear during the Show.
  4. Run the Show to check the animation meets your requirements.

Note: The preview appears to show the animation advancing without a mouse click.  However if the Advance Slide setting is set to On Mouse Click the animation will pause for a mouse click during the actual Show.

Additional Note: this feature is unavailable for linked Excel Charts.

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