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Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn to animate a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2013, you can add animation to your SmartArt, you'll discover that the entire graphic animates at the same time, it may seem that you have no control over animating individual SmartArt shapes, but that's not entirely true since PowerPoint 2013 does provide some control over animating SmartArt shapes. In this tutorial, you'll learn where to find those options, and how to use them to animate a SmartArt graphic with more control:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The SmartArt layout used in this example is Basic Matrix.

    Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic
  2. Now, select the Animations tabs on the Ribbon. Locate the Animation group, then click the down arrow (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Animation group
    Figure 2: Animation group
  3. This brings up the Animation drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. You can choose any of the Entrance animations or choose the More Entrance Effects option located at the bottom of Animation gallery (highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    More Entrance Effects option
    Figure 3: More Entrance Effects option

    Tip: PowerPoint provides four animation types. To know more about animations, check the Types of Animation tutorial.
  4. This launches the Change Entrance Effect dialog box as shown in Figure 4. Within this dialog box, if you click on any entrance effect, you can see the live preview of how it works on your selected SmartArt graphic. Select any of these effects and click OK. For this tutorial we have selected the Wipe (highlighted in red within Figure 4) entrance effect.

    Wipe entarnce effect
    Figure 4: Wipe entrance effect
  5. This applies the selected animation to the SmartArt graphic. The digit 1 (highlighted in red within Figure 5) indicates that the SmartArt graphic has an animation applied. And since you see only "1" without any "2", "3", etc. You can assume that everything is going to be animated with one click.

    Wipe entrance animation applied to SmartArt graphic
    Figure 5: Wipe entrance animation applied to SmartArt graphic
  6. As soon as the animation is applied, the Effect Options button located just next to Animation drop-down gallery is no longer grayed. Click the button to summon the Effect Options drop-down list, as shown in Figure 6.

    Effect Options drop-down gallery
    Figure 6: Effect Options drop-down gallery

    Within the Effect Options drop-down gallery, you can choose from four Wipe animation Directions.

    Note: The Effect Options will be different for each Animation Type.
    Additionally, you can choose the Sequence of the animation, as explained below:

    As One Object: Animates the entire SmartArt at one go.

    All At Once: Animates all SmartArt shapes at one go.

    One by One: Animates SmartArt shapes one by one.
  7. Alternatively, click the dialog launcher (highlighted in red within Figure 7) within the Animation group of Animations tab.

    Click the dialog launcher in the Animation group
    Figure 7: Click the dialog launcher in the Animation group
  8. This summons a multi-tabbed dialog box with the same name as the animation applied to your SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 8.

    Wipe animation dialog box
    Figure 8: Wipe animation dialog box
  9. Within this dialog box you'll find three tabs (refer to Figure 8 above). They are:


    Within this tab you can find setting for the animation effects (refer to Figure 8 above).


    This tab provides you options for changing the timing of the animation effect you have applied, as shown in Figure 9.

    Timing tab
    Figure 9: Timing tab

    SmartArt Animation

    Within this tab you can find the Group graphic drop-down list containing the same Sequence options, that are explained in point 6, earlier on this page. Additionally, you can set the animation to play in reverse order by choosing Reverse order check-box (highlighted in red within Figure 10).

    SmartArt Animation tab
    Figure 10: SmartArt Animation tab
  • Click the OK button to apply the changes. Play your slide to preview the animated SmartArt graphic.
  • Save your presentation.
  • See Also:

    Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
    Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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