Once you add animation to a slide object, you can make the animation happen slower or faster using its speed properties. You can also cause the animation to happen on a click, or automatically by changing its event. Other than speed and event, you can also alter the delay time before the animation starts. So, why would you add a delay? There are several reasons. Primarily, a delay can be beneficial if you want to maintain a time limit between two animations. For instance, having the second animation occur 10 seconds after the first one has started or concluded. Of course, that was just a simple example and animation delay can be helpful in many other scenarios. This delay is calculated in seconds.
Follow the steps to add an animation delay in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:
- Make sure that you have at least one animated slide object on your slide, as shown in Figure 1, below. Select this object.
Figure 1: Animated slide object
- Now, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Here, click the Reorder button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Reorder button within the Animations tab
- Doing so brings up the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox, as shown in Figure 3, below. Within the Animation order pane, select the animation for which you want to change the delay. Then, click on the Timing pane, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Animation selected
- This reveals the options within the Timing pane, as shown in Figure 4, below. Within the Timing pane, locate the Delay option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Delay option within the Timing pane
- Here, you can either directly type the required delay in seconds into the Delay box or use the Up and Down arrow button next to the Delay box, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above, to increase or decrease the value in seconds. In Figure 5, you can see that we set the delay to 3 seconds as shown highlighted in red.
Figure 4: Delay set to 3 seconds
- Animations in PowerPoint 2011 are timed to deca-seconds (100 deca-seconds in a minute), rather than using the typical 60 seconds. So, half a second is shown as 0.50 rather than 00:30.
- Once you set the Delay to the required number of seconds, click the Play button within the Preview group, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below of the Animations tab to preview the animation. You will see that the animation waits for the delay time specified, before starting.
Figure 5: Play button within Preview group
- Save your presentation.
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