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Re-Order Animations in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to re-order animations on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

By default, animation effects are numbered in the order in which they are applied to slide objects. You might need to re-order your animations mainly because you may have more than one animated object on a slide, and re-sequencing of animations as they happen in relation to each other may provide a better result. Or you may just want some animations to happen before the others. Also, there are logical reasons to re-order animations since typically entrance and exit animations need to be the first and last animations for any slide object. PowerPoint's Re-Order options for animations lets you play with their sequencing.

Note: Re-Ordering only works if there is more than one animation available on the Animation Pane.

Follow these steps to re-order existing animations:

  1. Before you start, make a duplicate copy of your slide in the presentation -- this is easily achieved by selecting the slide in Slide Sorter view (see also PowerPoint 2013 Views) or the Slides pane, and pressing Ctrl+D. This duplicates the slide, and it's good to know that you have a copy of the slide that you can go back to just in case!

  2. Next, make the Animation Pane visible, by accessing the Animations tab of the Ribbon and clicking the Animation Pane button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Animation Pane button
    Figure 1: Animation Pane button

  3. This opens the Animation Pane within the PowerPoint interface (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Animation Pane within the PowerPoint interface
    Figure 2: Animation Pane within the PowerPoint interface

  4. Within the Animation Pane, select any of the animations that you want to re-order. We chose the animation added to the shape named "Isosceles Triangle", as shown in Figure 3.

    Animation selected within the Animation Pane
    Figure 3: Animation selected within the Animation Pane

  5. Now, click the Re-Order up/or down-arrow buttons (highlighted in red within Figure 3 above) located at the bottom of the Animation Pane, or the Move Earlier or Move Later buttons (highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon, to re-position the selected animation in the list.

    Tip: If there are plenty of animations listed within the Animation Pane, it may take lot of time to re-position them using the above mentioned buttons. In such a situation, first select the animation that you want to re-order, and then just drag it to the new position within the Animation Pane where you want it to appear.

  6. Once you have re-ordered your animations, preview them to make sure that the results look like what you intended. You might have to tweak the animation events a little if re-ordering made some changes to them.

  7. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Re-Order Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Re-Order Animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Re-Ordering Animation in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, and 2007 for Windows


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