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Remove Animations in PowerPoint 2007, 2003, and 2002 for Windows

Learn how you can remove animations from slide objects in PowerPoint 2007, 2003, and 2002 for Windows. Removing animations may sometimes be necessary if you inherited a presentation with too many animations.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007, 2003, and 2002 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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Before You Remove Animations

Removing an animation in PowerPoint is a simple select-and-delete task. However, before you remove any animation, do ascertain why you want to remove it. Do remember that some animations can take hours to fine-tune and perfect. Here are some obvious questions to consider before removing animations:

  1. Do you want to remove both the animation and the slide object that is animated?
  2. Or do you want to just remove the animation, and let the slide object be?
  3. Or maybe, you don't want to remove the animation or the slide object. Do you want to change the animation to another suitable animation effect?
  4. Finally, do you want to just disable animations without removing them?

If you want to remove animation from a particular slide, but still need it to use elsewhere, make a duplicated copy of the slide and save it to use as needed in the future.

Here are the answers:

  1. If you chose 1, then you need not read the rest of this tutorial, just delete the slide object such as a shape, and any animation added to that object is gone too.
  2. If you chose 2, then you need to read the rest of this page.
  3. If you chose 3, then look at our Changing an Animation tutorial.
  4. If you chose 4, please look at our Enable or Disable PowerPoint Animations in Slide Show View page.

Now that we have established what you want to do, removing an animation is very easy. Follow these steps to remove any existing animation in PowerPoint 2007. 2003, and 2002 for Windows:

  1. Select the object that has an animation applied to it.
  2. Now, make sure that the Custom Animation Task Pane is visible, as shown in Figure 1, below. If this Task Pane is not visible, you won't be able to see or select any animations, or remove them.
  3. For PowerPoint 2007 users, make sure that the shape is still selected, then activate the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Next click the Custom Animation button to bring up a Task Pane of the same name that you can see in Figure 1. Remember, this is a toggle option: click once to show the Custom Animation Task Pane, and click again to hide it!
  4. Users of earlier PowerPoint versions, such as PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 can ensure that their shape is selected. Then, they should choose the Slide Show | Custom Animation option to access a similar Task Pane.
  5. Custom Animation Task Pane
    Figure 1: Custom Animation Task Pane
  6. Next, you need to select the animation you want to remove. These can be found in the Custom Animation Task Pane, as shown previously in Figure 1.
  7. With the animation selected, just click the Remove button, as shown in Figure 2, below. This removes the animation from the selected slide object.
  8. Remove
    Figure 2: Remove
  9. Your slide object may have more than one animation, and you may have more slide objects with animations applied to them. All these animations show up in the Custom Animation Task Pane. To remove any of these, just select them and repeat Step 4 above.
  10. Save your presentation.

Remove All Animations in a Presentation?

Do you want to remove all animations from your slides? Is there a magic button somewhere in PowerPoint that can get rid of all animations altogether? Yes, you can do this easily in PowerPoint using some simple VBA code, says John Wilson. Read more.


See Also:

13 03 03 - Advanced Animation Concepts: Remove Animations in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Remove Animations in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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