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Using the Morph Transition with Characters in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Learn how to morph between individual characters on successive slides in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. This option can create an amazing animated effect.

We have explored how you can animate words between slides using the Morph transition effect. But what if you want to take this technique further to a kinetic typography level where a hundred text characters need to animate to different positions and styles in the next slide? This sort of animated effect is surprisingly very easy to achieve in PowerPoint, as we will learn in this tutorial.

Please view the video below, or follow the step-by-step instructions on this page. You can also download the sample file used for this tutorial.

To make such effects happen, not only do you need the capability within PowerPoint to create a transition effect between characters, but you also need the content to make it happen. In other words, you need a bunch of characters that make words, but those words must be different and yet contain the same individual characters. Using the Morph Transition with Characters in PowerPoint

Follow these steps to apply the Morph transition effect between individual word characters in PowerPoint 365 for Windows:

  1. Within a new or existing presentation, type in some words that are part of words that could be anagrams. For example, the words citric and critic use the exact same characters, and can be called a part of a single anagram set. So, we typed in one word from the anagrams set on the first slide, as shown in Figure 1, below.

  2. Figure 1: Type in some words on a slide
  3. Now, duplicate this slide. You can select the slide in the Slides pane, and press the Ctrl + D keyboard shortcut, or use Cmd + D if you are using PowerPoint on the Mac. You can also right-click the slide thumbnail in the Slides pane to bring up the contextual menu shown in Figure 2, below. Next, choose the Duplicate Slide option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Duplicate your slide


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  6. In the duplicated slide, change the words to their anagram pairs, as shown in Figure 3, below. Compare with the slide in Figure 1, shown previously on this page.

  7. Figure 3: Anagrams on the duplicated slide
  8. Now, with the second slide active, access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. Within the Transitions to This Slide area, choose the Morph transition effect, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4. Thereafter, click the Effect Options button, shown highlighted in green within Figure 4.

  9. Figure 4: Transitions tab of the Ribbon
  10. Doing so brings up the drop-down menu shown in Figure 5, below. Click the Characters option, highlighted in red within Figure 5.

  11. Figure 5: Select the Characters option
  12. Now play the slides to ensure that the transition works well. Save your presentation often.

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