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Animation Speed in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about animation speed in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






After you add animation to a selected slide object, you typically set the animation event. Another animation property you can set thereafter is the speed of the animation. Every animation you add within PowerPoint 2010 has a fixed, default speed (duration). This speed or duration is typically shown in seconds or part thereof, and differs from animation to animation. For example, the default duration of a Fade animation is half a second (00.50) whereas for the Wheel animation, it is two seconds (02.00). Clearly this is a different approach than the behavior in previous versions of PowerPoint where you were limited to five speed presets: Very Slow (5 seconds), Slow (3 seconds), Medium (2 seconds), Fast (1 second), and Very Fast (0.5 second). Certainly this is an improvement because you can now change the duration of the animation as required, by increasing or decreasing the animation speed.

Remember that animation speed is the actual time duration when any slide object animates in Slide Show view.

Follow these steps to change the animation speed (duration) for any animation in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Select the slide object that has an animation applied. For more information on adding animation, refer to our Adding an Animation in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
  2. With the slide object still selected, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon, and locate the Duration box, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 1.

    Duration box within the Animations tab
    Figure 1: Duration box within the Animations tab

    Note: Animations in PowerPoint 2010 are timed to decimals, rather than using the typical 60 parts. So, half a second is shown as 00.50 rather than 00:00:30.
  3. Use the up and down arrows within the Duration box (refer Figure 1, above) to increase or decrease the animation speed. You can also type in the exact duration value. Thereafter, click the Preview button (highlighted in red in Figure 2) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon to preview the animation speed.

    Preview button
    Figure 2: Preview button
  4. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Animation Speed in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Animation Speed in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animation Speed in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Animation Speed in PowerPoint 2007, 2003, and 2002 for Windows

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