Fake Animate Tables in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to fake animate a table in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
In all PowerPoint versions, you can either animate the entire table -- apply no animation at all! There's no easy way to animate just one column, row, or cell individually. However, there is a workaround in PowerPoint 2013, or any other version for Windows where users can ungroup the table so that the table gets converted into a bunch of individual shapes, and then you can animate the ungrouped table components individually. Unfortunately, in PowerPoint 2011 you can't ungroup the table like how you would do in Windows PowerPoint versions. Yet, there is one more workaround where you don't actually apply any animation to the table components, but when you play the slide containing the table, it looks like your table components are animating! Follow the steps below to learn more:
- Within your presentation, navigate to the slide containing the table that you want to fake animate. If you don't have an existing
table, insert a new table, and
populate it with some content as shown in
Figure 1: Table inserted and populated with some content
- Think about how you would like your table to animate, i.e. whether row by row or column by column. Then,
insert a rectangle over the first row/column of the
table in such a way that it hides the entire row/column. In Figure 2 you can see a rectangle being drawn over the first
Figure 2: Rectangle inserted over the first row
- After the rectangle is drawn,
remove any outlines or
shadow effects from it.
Slide Background Fill to it.
This will make the rectangle completely invisible, and also, shows the background of your slide as shown in Figure 3.
This is very essential if your slide background is filled with a picture, or a gradient, or anything else other than a plain white
Figure 3: Rectangle after removing shadow and outline, and applying Slide Background fill
- Now, apply an
Exit animation to the rectangle. In
Figure 4 you can see that we have selected Wipe exit animation within the
Exit Effects drop-down gallery.
Figure 4: Wipe exit animation within the Exit Effects drop-down gallery
- After applying the animation, make sure the animation is selected as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 5, and click the Effect Options button within the Animations tab of the
Ribbon to bring up a drop-down gallery that contains options
pertaining to the selected animation type. In Figure 5, you can see that we set our Wipe animation to
play From Left.
Figure 5: Wipe animation set to play From Left
- Then, set the animation event and
speed as required. In
Figure 6, you can see that the animation event has been set to start After Previous (highlighted in
red) and Duration (speed) is set to 1.50 seconds (highlighted in
Figure 6: Animation event and speed set for the rectangle
You can also try some other options to make the animation more effective. To learn more about various animation options, explore our Animation and Transitions page.
- Once you are done with applying an Exit animation to the rectangle, preview the animation once to check whether everything is working fine.
Then, duplicate the rectangle by dragging
so that the duplicate copy of the rectangle covers the next row/column. Similarly continue duplicating the animated rectangles so that
your entire table is covered by the set of adjacent rectangles, as shown in Figure 7. Since these rectangles were
already animated, the animation also duplicates! Also note that the 0 digits that represent animation on all rectangles indicate that
all rectangles are set to animate After Previous.
Figure 7: Table covered by the animated rectangles
- When you play this slide, animated rectangles leave
the slide one by one making the table's row/column below them to appear as they exit. This creates an illusion as if the table is
- Save your presentation often.
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