Re-Order Animations in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
Date Created: April 27th 2012
Last Updated: April 27th 2012
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to re-order animations on a slide in PowerPoint 2010.
By default, animation effects are numbered in the order as they are added to the slide objects. You might need to re-order your animations mainly because you 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 let you play with their sequencing.
Follow these steps to re-order existing animations:
- 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 2010 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!
- 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 in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Animation Pane button
- This opens the Animation Pane within the PowerPoint interface (highlighted in red in Figure 2).
Figure 2: Animation Pane within the PowerPoint interface
- Within the Animation Pane, select any of the animations that you want to re-order. We chose the animation added to the shape named "Cloud 5", as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Animation selected within the Animation Pane
- Now, click the Re-Order up/or down-arrow buttons (highlighted in red in Figure 3 above) located at the bottom of the Animation Pane, or the Move Earlier or Move Later buttons (highlighted in blue in 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.
- 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.
- Save your presentation.
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