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Using the Morph Transition with Words in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Learn how to morph between words on successive slides in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. This approach can yield some very interesting results.

While it's easy and effective to use Morph transition effects between typical slides, curves, or even exclamation-named objects, there are many more Morph tricks to play with. Morph allows you to play with words and characters, and in this tutorial, we will explore using the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint to create animated effects using words. In a subsequent tutorial, we will explore animating on the character level.

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.

While it's easy and effective to use Morph transition effects between typical slides, curves, or even exclamation-named objects, there are many more Morph tricks to play with. Morph allows you to play with words and characters, and in this tutorial, we will explore using the Morph transition effect in PowerPoint to create animated effects using words. In a subsequent tutorial, we will explore animating on the character level. Using the Morph Transition with Words in PowerPoint

Follow these steps to use Morph to animate between words in PowerPoint 365 for Windows:

  1. In a new or existing presentation, add some text that lends itself to changing the position of words, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.

  2. Figure 1: A slide with some words
  3. Now, duplicate the 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 the selected slide
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  6. Now, in the duplicated slide, just swap the position of two words. We swapped the words horse and man, as you can see highlighted in red within Figure 3, below. Compare with Figure 1, shown previously on this page.

  7. Figure 3: Words swapped in a slide
  8. Now, let's change the view from Normal to Slide Sorter. To do so, you can access the View tab of the Ribbon, shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. Next, click on the Slide Sorter button, shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4.

  9. Figure 4: Slide Sorter button on the View tab


  10. Doing so will show you both slides in Slide Sorter view, as can be seen in Figure 5, below. Select both slides. Since there are only two slides, we can use the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut to select them. Mac users can use the similar Cmd + A keyboard shortcut.

  11. Figure 5: Slides selected in Slide Sorter view
  12. Next, access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6, below. Within the Transitions to This Slide area, choose the Morph transition effect, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 6. Thereafter, click the Effect Options button, shown highlighted in green within Figure 6.

  13. Figure 6: Transitions tab of the Ribbon
  14. You'll see the Effect Options drop-down list, as shown in Figure 7, below. Make sure to change to the Words option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7. Since we already selected both our slides in Step 5, we need not click the Apply To All option, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 7. On the other hand, if you want to apply these transition options to all slides in your presentation, you could click on the Apply To All option.

  15. Figure 7: Change Effect Options to Words
  16. Now play the slides to check if they work well. Save your presentation often.

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