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Getting Started with Morph in PowerPoint

Get started with the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint. Morph is available in Office 365 subscription versions of PowerPoint and some perpetual versions too.

Every new release of PowerPoint brings forth new features, and some of these features have made people sit up and take notice. The most popular of these features has been the Morph transition effect.

Does Every PowerPoint User Have Access to Morph?

Now, the Morph transition effect is not available to everyone. This new transition effect is only available to PowerPoint 365 users on both Windows and Mac platforms. In other words, these are users who have a current Office 365 subscription. Additionally, perpetual versions such as PowerPoint 2019 and 2021, and some phone and tablet platforms, and also selected accounts of PowerPoint for the Web support the Morph transition to some extent. Plus, some older versions of PowerPoint, such as PowerPoint 2016 allow playback of Morph transitions, but do not provide editing options.

PowerPoint provides two types of movements: animations and transitions. In simple terms, when the movement happens on the slide itself, it is an animation. However, when the movement happens as a process of changing one slide to another, it is a transition. Getting Started with the Morph Transition in PowerPoint

So, what exactly is Morph? Morph is a transition effect that you will find on the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. When you use the Morph transition, you get a total of three options in the Effect Options drop-down gallery, highlighted in blue within Figure 1, below. The default option though is Objects, and we will only use the Objects option on this page. In subsequent tutorials of this series, we will explore the Words and Characters options.


Figure 1: Add the Morph transition

Follow along with us to explore how Morph can cope up with changes to size, position, and color attributes of a shape:



  1. Our sample presentation has five slides that you can see in Slide Sorter view, as shown in Figure 2, below.

  2. Figure 2: Five slides in all
  3. As you can see, all slides have the same Circle shape that has been resized, repositioned, or recolored in subsequent slides. To end up with similar results, create the first slide, and duplicate the slide. Now alter the Circle in the second, duplicated slide. Then repeat the process to end up with the five slides you see in Figure 2, above.
  4. While, still in Slide Sorter view, select all slides (press Ctrl + A if you are using a Windows system), and access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon. Choose the Morph option, highlighted in red within Figure 3, below. You can also choose timings for the slides. We selected a transition time of 00:03.00 seconds, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.

  5. Figure 3: Choose the Morph transition and set timings
  6. Now play your slides, and you will see that the results are amazing, yet so easy to achieve.

In subsequent tutorials, we will look at how you can do so much more with the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint.


Morph in PowerPoint: Getting Started with Morph in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)