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Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010

Date Created: June 2nd 2011
Last Updated: June 2nd 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to animate a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint 2010.

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, 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 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:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic, as you can see in Figure 1. The SmartArt layout used in this example is Basic Matrix.

    Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic

  2. Now select the Animations tabs on the Ribbon. Locate the Animation group, then click the downward pointing arrow (highlighted in red in Figure 2).

    Animation group
    Figure 2: Animation group

  3. This brings up the Animation drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. You can choose any of the Entrance animations or choose the More Entrance Effects option located at the bottom of Animation gallery (highlighted in red in Figure 3).

    More Entrance Effects option
    Figure 3: More Entrance Effects option

    Tip: PowerPoint provides four animation types. To know more about animations check the Types of Animation tutorial.

  4. In this window, if you click on any entrance effect, you can see the live preview of how it works on your selected SmartArt graphic. Select any of these effects and click OK. For this tutorial I have selected the Wipe (highlighted in red in Figure 4) entrance effect.

    Wipe entarnce effect
    Figure 4: Wipe entrance effect

  5. This applies the Wipe animation to the SmartArt graphic. The digit 1 (highlighted in red in Figure 5) indicates that the SmartArt graphic has an animation applied. And since you see only "1" without any "2", "3", etc. -- you can assume that everything is going to be animated at once.

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

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

    Effect Options drop-down gallery
    Figure 6: Effect Options drop-down gallery

    Within Effect Options drop-down gallery, you can the choose from four Wipe animation Directions, and the animation Sequence which are explained below:

    • As One Object: Animates the entire SmartArt at one go.
    • All At Once: Animates all SmartArt shapes at one go.
    • One by One: Animates SmartArt shapes one by one.

    Note: The Effect Options will be different for each Animation Type.

  7. You can even make changes by clicking the dialog launcher (highlighted in red in Figure 7) within the Animation group of Animations Ribbon tab.

    Click the dialog launcher in the Animation group
    Figure 7: Click the dialog launcher in the Animation group

  8. This summons a multi-tabbed dialog box with the same name as the animation applied to your SmartArt graphic, as shown in Figure 8.

    Wipe animation dialog box
    Figure 8: Wipe animation dialog box

  9. Within this dialog box you'll find three tabs (refer to Figure 8 above). They are:

    1. Effect: Within this tab you can find setting for the animation effects (refer to Figure 8 above).

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

      Timing tab
      Figure 9: Timing tab

    3. SmartArt Animation: 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 (highlighted in red in Figure 10).

      SmartArt Animation tab
      Figure 10: SmartArt Animation tab

  10. Click OK to apply the changes. Play your slide to preview the animated SmartArt graphic.

  11. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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