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Getting Started with Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn to apply Motion Path animations in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






Motion path animations in PowerPoint enable you to make any slide object move into or off the slide, and also make it move around on the slide in a particular path! PowerPoint provides dozens of motion paths, in every shape that you can imagine. To add a Motion Path animation to any object on a PowerPoint slide, follow these steps:

  1. Select the object that you want to animate -- you can select any object on a slide although animation works best on shapes.

    Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank. Then, insert a shape and select it.
  2. With the slide object still selected, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Within the Advanced Animation group, click the Add Animation button to bring up the Add Animation gallery, as shown in Figure 1. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the Add Animation gallery to see the Motion Paths section, highlighted in red in Figure 1.

    Motion Paths within the Add Animation gallery
    Figure 1: Motion Paths within the Add Animation gallery
  3. Select any of the Motion Paths within this section (highlighted in red in Figure 1, above) by clicking it. This applies the Motion Path animation to the selected slide object. Otherwise, if you want to explore more Motion Paths, click the More Motion Paths option within the Add Animation gallery (highlighted in blue in Figure 1 above). This brings up the Add Motion Path dialog box that you can see in Figure 2.

    Add Motion Path dialog box
    Figure 2: Add Motion Path dialog box
  4. Within the Add Motion Path dialog box, make sure the Preview Effect check-box is selected as shown highlighted in red in Figure 2 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 Motion Path dialog box in a position that is a little offset from the animated slide object on the slide. Play with the animations available until you find a suitable variant and click on the animation of your choice to apply.
  5. Click OK within the Add Motion Path dialog box to get back to the slide. The animation is now applied to the shape.
  6. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Getting Started with Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Getting Started with Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Getting Started with Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Getting Started with Motion Path Animations in PowerPoint 2007, 2003, and 2002 for Windows

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