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Apply Two or More Animations to One Object at the Same Time in PowerPoint

Apply multiple animations to one slide object in PowerPoint, and make all animations play together.


Product/Version: PowerPoint

PowerPoint animation makes slide objects move. These slide objects can be anything you can select such as text, pictures, charts, SmartArt graphics, shapes, and even video clips. But did you know that you can combine multiple animations to happen at the same time for the same slide object, creating a custom animation effect? Imagine, an object fading and zooming at the same time! Although you can combine fade and zoom entrance animations, you really cannot combine a fade entrance with a zoom exit. PowerPoint has four types of animation, and you will learn what can be combined or not in the box below.

Animation Types You Can Combine:

  1. Two or more Entrance animation effects.
  2. You can even combine an Entrance effect with an Emphasis or a Motion Path effect.
  3. You can also combine two or more Emphasis effects or two or more Exit effects.

Animation Types You Cannot Combine:

  1. Any Entrance effect along with an Exit effect. If you do so, PowerPoint will play the Entrance effect only. And then in a blink-of-the-eye moment, the animated object will disappear!
  2. Two Motion Path effects. You cannot expect the same object to animate on different paths at the same time. If you do so, PowerPoint will ignore all earlier Motion Path effects and just play the last Motion Path effect.

Now that you have understood the prerequisites, follow these steps:

  1. Select any object on your slide. In Figure 1 you can see that we have selected a SmartArt graphic.

    SmartArt graphic selected on the slide
    Figure 1: SmartArt graphic selected on the slide
  2. Add the first animation to this slide object. We add an Entrance Effect called Swivel to the SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 2.

    Entrance Effect added to the SmartArt
    Figure 2: Entrance Effect added to the SmartArt
  3. Now, deselect the slide object for a moment. Then select it again and add another animation. Why did we deselect at all? That is because you need to add another animation rather than replacing the existing one. In Figure 3 below, you can see that we added another Emphasis Effect called Object Color.

    Emphasis Effect added to the SmartArt
    Figure 3: Emphasis Effect added to the SmartArt
  4. At this point, the SmartArt graphic has two animation effects applied that play one after the other. Also, note that it is possible that both animation effects possess different time durations (playing time). Now, click the Animation Pane button (highlighted in red within Figure 3, shown earlier on this page). This brings up the Animation Pane as shown in Figure 4. Within the Animation Pane, select the second animation and change its Start event to start With Previous, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

    Video inserted on the slide
    Figure 4: Video inserted on the slide
  5. Then, edit the Timeline of both the animations within the Animation Pane so that both animations have the same duration, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5. This is necessary if you want the animations to start and stop together.

    Both animations have the same duration
    Figure 5: Both animations have the same duration
  6. Now, preview the animation or play in Slide Show view. Figure 6 shows our SmartArt graphic animating with two effects at the same time.

    Both animations playing together
    Figure 6: Both animations playing together

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