Animate Charts in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to animate charts in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
We have already explored how you can animate any slide object, and then tweak the animation speed and animation events. Although you add animation to a chart in the same way as you animate any other object, PowerPoint provides some extra animation options that are applicable only to charts. For example, you can animate series and categories individually as required. If your example chart is a column chart, then you can individually control the animation of every single column! Additionally, you can also decide whether you want to animate the Plot Area or not. In this tutorial we'll explore how to apply animation to charts, and also explore the various Chart animation options available in PowerPoint 2013.
So, why would you want to animate a chart? Here are some reasons:
- You might want to highlight an individual chart series or category over others -- animation lets you highlight that part of the chart.
- You want to animate the Plot Area separately from the rest of the chart.
- You want to animate all the columns or bars in a chart to rise up (or down, left, or right) one at a time -- either automatically or sequenced. Similarly for a pie chart or a line chart, you may want individual pies and line elements to animate respectively.
Those were just the most common reasons why you would want to animate a chart -- there are plenty of other reasons you will discover for yourself! Also remember that animation is movement, and that's something that will attract attention. For that reason, only animate charts that you want to focus on. Animating every single chart in your presentation may be taking the movement approach too far!
Follow these steps to apply animation to a chart -- in this tutorial we'll use a common column chart, but the concepts remain the same with other chart types:
- Open a slide that already has a chart. Alternatively, insert a chart on
the PowerPoint slide.
- Then access the Animations tab of the
Ribbon, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Chart inserted on PowerPoint slide
- Make sure your chart is still selected (click on the edge of the chart so that it is selected as
shown in Figure 1, above). Now click the Add Animation button to bring
up the Add Animation drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Add Animation drop-down gallery
- Within the Add Animation drop-down gallery, you can select any of the
types that PowerPoint supports. For this tutorial, we chose the Wipe
- By default, PowerPoint will animate the whole chart as one object. To animate individual chart
elements, you need to first make the Animation Pane visible. To do that, click the
Animation Pane button (highlighted in red within
Figure 3) within the Animations tab of the
Figure 3: Animation Pane button
- Within the Animation Pane, right-click the animation applied to your chart. This will bring up a drop-down
list, as shown in Figure 4. Within this drop-down list, chose
Effect Options (refer to Figure 4 again). Alternatively, just
double-click the animation within the Animation Pane.
Figure 4: Effect Options to be selected for the animation
- This summons a multi-tabbed dialog box as shown in Figure 5. Click the
Chart Animation tab, and from the Group chart drop-down list, choose
any of the available options:
- As One Object: Animated all at once
- By Series: All Series animated one by one
- By Category: All categories animated one by one
- By Element in Series: All individual series elements animated sequentially
- By Element in Category: All individual category elements animated sequentially
Figure 5: Chart Animation options
Tip: Cannot find all the options shown above in the Chart Animation tab? The options you see depend upon the animation effect you apply. Wipe is one of the effects that provides the maximum amount of options.
- Select the Start animation by drawing the chart background check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 6). This will let you begin the animation sequence by drawing the chart background including the plot area on the slide. Click OK
Figure 6: Start animation by drawing the chart background
- Save your presentation.
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