Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- Getting Started
Learn how to apply Motion path animations to slide objects in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Motion Path animations in PowerPoint enable you to make any slide object move within or outside the slide, and also make it move around on the slide in a particular path! PowerPoint provides dozens of Motion Path presets, in every shape that you can imagine. To add a Motion Path animation to any object on a PowerPoint slide, follow these steps:
- Select the object that you want to animate -- you can select any object on a slide although Motion Path
animations work best on text and shapes.
Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2013. Within the Presentation Gallery, select the Blank Presentation option. PowerPoint will open a new presentation with a Title slide -- PowerPoint 2013 users can optionally change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then, insert a shape and select it as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Shape inserted on the slide
- With the shape still selected, access the Animations tab of the
Ribbon. Within the
Advanced Animation group, click the
Animation button to bring up the Add Animation drop-down gallery, as shown in
Figure 2. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the Add Animation
gallery to see the Motion Paths section, highlighted in red
within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Motion Path animations within Add Animation drop-down gallery
Select any of the Motion Paths within this section (highlighted in red
within Figure 1, above) by clicking it. This applies the Motion Path animation to the
selected slide object. Otherwise, if you want to explore more Motion Paths, click the
More Motion Paths option within the Add Animation gallery (highlighted
in blue within Figure 2, above). This brings up the
Add Motion Path dialog box that you can see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Add Motion Path dialog box
Note: Among the Motion Path animations that you see within the Add Animation drop-down gallery, the Custom Path type is used to create your own Motion Paths -- look at our Drawing Custom Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial to learn more.
- Within the Add Motion Effect dialog box, you can see that
Motion Path Effects available are divided into 3 categories -- scroll down to explore all
of them. Click on any Motion Path to apply it to the selected slide object. In Figure 3
above, you can see the Bounce Right effect has been selected.
Your slide object will show the
live preview of the applied
Motion Path. Try applying different Motion Path animations, and when you find the one you are looking for,
click the OK button to get back to the slide.
Note: To view the live preview of the animation effect, the Preview Effect check-box in the bottom right corner of the Add Motion Path dialog box should be selected as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3, above. If the Add Motion Path dialog box overlaps the slide object, you can't see the effect of the selected animation -- so, it is a good idea to place the dialog box in a position that is a little offset from the animated slide object on the slide.
- Now you can see the Motion Path applied to your slide object. In Figure 4 below, you
can see that the Bounce Right Motion Path has been applied to the selected shape. The
dotted line with two arrow heads that you can see is the path on which the slide object moves while
animating. The green arrow head indicates the motion path's start point and the
red arrow head indicates the end point of the path. Also notice that
shows a faded preview of the animated slide object's end position -- this is a new feature introduced
within this version.
Figure 4: Bounce Right Motion Path applied to the selected shape
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