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Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Explore Motion Path animations in PowerPoint 2013.

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

The three basic animation types in PowerPoint: Entrance, Emphasis, and Exit animations are something we have already explored. The fourth animation type is called Motion Path animation, and this is something more advanced in nature than the basic animation types explored so far. Motion Path animation determines the route (path) and the direction in which the animated slide object moves across or around on the slide. For example, you can move the slide object up, down, right, or left -- and even on a preset or a created motion path.

The Add Animation drop-down gallery of the Ribbon includes some the Motion Paths animation presets, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below -- use the scroll-bar to scroll down so that you can see them.

Motion Paths
Figure 1: Motion Paths

Among Motion Paths that you see within Add Animation drop-down gallery, the Custom Path type is used to create your own Motion Paths -- look at our Drawing Custom Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. If you want to explore more Motion Paths that PowerPoint offers, select the More Motion Paths option within the Add Animation drop-down gallery as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above. This opens the Add Motion Path dialog box as shown towards left in Figure 2.

Add Motion Path dialog box Add Motion Path dialog box
Figure 2: Add Motion Path dialog box

Within the Add Motion Path dialog box you can see the Motion Path Effects divided into 3 categories:

  1. Basic
  2. Lines_Curves
  3. Special

If you can't see Special which is the last category (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above), just scroll down as shown towards the right within Figure 2, above.

Basic Motion Paths are simple routes representing various basic Shapes such as Polygons, Starts, Circle, Heart, etc. Lines_Curves includes Motion Paths such as Arcs, Lines, Curves, Spirals, Turns, Waves, Zigzag etc. Special category Motion Paths make your slide object to travel in some special paths such as a Neutron, Bean, Inverted Square, Swoosh, etc.

The embedded sample presentation below shows all the Motion Path animation effects available in PowerPoint 2013

See Also:

Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2002, 2003, and 2007 for Windows


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