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Animate SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how you can animate SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You can either animate as a whole or animate as independent objects, one by one.

After inserting a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010, you can do so much: change colors of SmartArt, apply SmartArt styles, etc. However, once you add animation to your SmartArt graphic, you'll discover that the entire graphic animates at the same time. It may seem that you have no control over animating individual SmartArt shapes, but that's not entirely true since PowerPoint 2010 for Windows does provide some control over animating SmartArt shapes. In this tutorial, you'll learn where to find those options, and how to use them to animate a SmartArt graphic with more control.

Follow these steps to animate SmartArt graphics in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 1, below. The SmartArt layout used in this example is Basic Matrix.

  2. Figure 1: Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic
  3. Now select the Animations tabs on the Ribbon. Locate the Animation group, and then, click the downward pointing arrow, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.

  4. Figure 2: Animation group
  5. Doing so brings up the Animation drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3, below. You can choose any of the Entrance animations or choose the More Entrance Effects option located at the bottom of Animation gallery, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

  6. Figure 3: More Entrance Effects option
  7. PowerPoint Animation Types

  8. PowerPoint provides four animation types. To know more about animations check the Types of Animation tutorial.
  9. This step launches the Change Entrance Effect dialog box, as shown in Figure 4, below. Within this dialog box, if you click on any entrance effect, you can see the live preview of how it animates your selected SmartArt graphic. Select any of these effects and click the OK button. For this tutorial, we have selected the Wipe entrance effect, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

  10. Figure 4: Wipe entrance effect
  11. This action applies the Wipe animation to the SmartArt graphic. The digit 1, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below, indicates that the SmartArt graphic has an animation applied. And since you see only "1", you can assume that everything is going to be animated with one click.

  12. Figure 5: Wipe entrance animation applied to SmartArt graphic


  13. As soon as the animation is applied, the Effect Options button located next to the Animation drop-down gallery is no longer grayed. Click the button to summon the Effect Options drop-down list, as shown in Figure 6, below.

  14. Figure 6: Effect Options drop-down gallery
  15. Within the Effect Options drop-down gallery, you can choose from four Wipe animation Directions.
  16. Effect Options

  17. The Effect Options will be different for each Animation Type.
  18. Additionally, you can choose the Sequence of the animation, as explained below:

    As One Object

  19. Animates the entire SmartArt graphic at one go.
  20. All At Once

  21. Animates all SmartArt shapes at one go.
  22. One by One

  23. Animates SmartArt shapes one by one.
  24. You can even make changes by clicking the dialog launcher, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7, below, within the Animation group of Animations Ribbon tab.

  25. Figure 7: Click the dialog launcher in the Animation group
  26. Doing so summons a multi-tabbed dialog box with the same name as the animation applied to your SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 8, below.

  27. Figure 8: Wipe animation dialog box
  28. Within this dialog box you'll find three tabs, as shown in Figure 8, above. They are:
  29. Effect

  30. Within this tab you can find setting for the animation effects, as shown Figure 8, above.
  31. Timing

  32. This tab provides you options for changing the timing of the animation effect you have applied, as shown in Figure 9, below.

  33. Figure 9: Timing tab
  34. SmartArt Animation

  35. Within this tab you can find the Group graphic drop-down list which consists the animation sequence, as explained in point 6 above. Other than that you can set the animation to play in reverse order by choosing Reverse order check box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 10, below.

  36. Figure 10: SmartArt Animation tab
  37. Click the OK button to apply the changes. Play your slide to preview the animated SmartArt graphic.
  38. Save your presentation.

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