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Getting Started with Morph

Learn how you can get started with the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: Office 365 Subscription Versions of Microsoft PowerPoint

OS: Windows, Mac OS, and others






Every new release of PowerPoint brings forth new features, but only a few of them have made people sit up and take notice. The most popular of these few changes has been the Morph transition effect. Now, the Morph transition effect is not available to everyone; at the time of writing, this new transition effect was only available to PowerPoint 2016 users on both Windows and Mac platforms who have a current Office 365 subscription. Additionally, some phone and tablet platforms, and also selected accounts of PowerPoint Online support the Morph transition.

So, what exactly is Morph? Morph is a transition effect that you will find on the Transitions tab, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. When you use the Morph transition, you get a total of three options in the Effect Options drop-down gallery, highlighted in blue within Figure 1, below. The default option though is Objects, and we will only use the Objects option on this page. In subsequent tutorials of this series, we will explore the Words and Characters options.

Add the Morph transition
Figure 1: Add the Morph transition

Follow along with us to explore how Morph can cope up with changes to size, position, and color attributes of a shape:

  1. Our sample presentation has just 5 slides that you can see in Slide Sorter view, shown in Figure 2, below.

    Five slides in all
    Figure 2: Five slides in all

  2. As you can see, all slides have the same Circle shape that has been resized, repositioned, or recolored in subsequent slides. To end up with the same results, create the first slide, and duplicate the slide. Now alter the Circle in the second, duplicated slide. Then repeat the process to end up with the 5 slides you see in Figure 2, above.
  3. Now while still in Slide Sorter view, select all slides (press Ctrl+A if you are using a Windows system), and access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon. Choose the Morph option, highlighted in red within Figure 3, below. You can also choose timings for the slides; we selected a transition time of 00:03.00 seconds, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.

    Choose the Morph transition and set timings
    Figure 3: Choose the Morph transition and set timings

  4. Now play your slides, and you will see that the results are amazing, yet so easy to achieve.

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