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Adding Animation in PowerPoint 2010

Learn how to add animation in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

OS: Windows XP and higher

In one of our previous tutorials, we explored what animation is, and guidelines to follow before you add an animation to a slide object within PowerPoint. PowerPoint allows you to animate any slide object that can be selected on your slide. These include pictures, shapes, text, bulleted lists, SmartArt graphics, charts, etc. Once the animation is applied to your slide object, you can tweak how the objects on your slides appear, move, and disappear. However, you must first add an animation to the slide object. Follow these steps to add animation to a shape in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Open a new presentation, and insert a shape. Or open any existing presentation you have, and select an unanimated slide object to which you want to add animation. Figure 1, below shows a Star shape is selected -- with the shape selected, click the Animations tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in red in Figure 1).

    Animations tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Animations tab of the Ribbon
  2. Within the Animations tab, click the Add Animation button (highlighted in red in Figure 2).

    Add Animation button
    Figure 2: Add Animation button
  3. This opens the Add Animation gallery, as shown in Figure 3. Within this gallery, you'll find four animation types: Entrance, Emphasis, Exit, and Motion Paths. If you cannot see all animations, especially the Motion Path animation types, then scroll down to see them all.

    Add Animation gallery
    Figure 3: Add Animation gallery
  4. In this gallery, hover your mouse cursor over any of the animation effect thumbnails to view a live preview of the animation to the selected shape. For this tutorial, we chose the Shape animation effect (highlighted in red in Figure 4) within the Entrance type, as shown in Figure 4. Click the animation effect thumbnail to apply the animation to the selected shape.

    Shape animation effect selected
    Figure 4: Shape animation effect selected

    Tip: Don't like this automatic preview feature? Turn it off, as explained in our Turn Off Animation Preview page.
  5. If you want to explore more Entrance animation effects, select the More Entrance Effects option within the Add Animation gallery (highlighted in red in Figure 3, earlier on this page).
  6. This launches the Add Entrance Effect dialog box as shown in Figure 5. Within this dialog box, the Entrance animation effects are grouped into four different categories named Basic, Subtle, Moderate, and Exciting. Select any one of these Entrance animation effects and click the OK button to apply it to the selected shape. As you can see in Figure 5, we have selected the Wheel effect (highlighted in red in Figure 5) within the Basic category.

    Add Entrance Effect dialog box
    Figure 5: Add Entrance Effect dialog box

    Note: In the Add Entrance Effect dialog box, the Preview Effect check-box in the bottom right corner should be selected as shown in Figure 5 above to view a live preview of the animation effect. If this dialog box covers the actual animated object, you will see no live preview -- thus, it is a good idea to place the Add Entrance Effect dialog box in a position that is a little offset from the animated slide object on the slide.
  7. You can add animation types other than Entrance in the same way. Just choose the relevant animation effect for Emphasis, Exit, and Motion Path animations.

    Tip: If your slide has more than one slide object, you can also add animation effects for all of them using the same process. Remember that any animation added first will play first, and any animations added thereafter will play in the same sequence as you added them. Yes, you can change this sequence as explained in our Build and Sequence Animations in PowerPoint 2013 and 2010 tutorial.

Now that you have added an animation to a slide object, you can control more animation properties like event and speed.

See Also:

Adding Animation in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Adding Animation to Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Adding an Animation in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007

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