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Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: October 27th 2011
Last Updated: October 27th 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to animate SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Animation in PowerPoint can work in many ways depending upon what you are animating because PowerPoint has extra options up its sleeve for animating different types of slide objects such as text, charts, or even SmartArt. 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. PowerPoint 2011 does provide some control over animating SmartArt shapes in sequence -- in this tutorial, you'll learn where to find those options, and how to use them:

  1. Select your existing SmartArt graphic -- our sample slide shown in Figure 1 has the Basic Matrix SmartArt layout. Then, click the Animations tab (highlighted in red in Figure 1) of the Ribbon.

    Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic
    Figure 1: Basic Matrix SmartArt graphic

    Tip: Want to know more about SmartArt -- maybe how to insert SmartArt graphics on your slide -- look at our Insert SmartArt in PowerPoint 2011 tutorial.

  2. This will reveal the options within the Animations tab, as shown in Figure 2. Locate the Entrance Effects group and hover your cursor over the Entrance Effects preview thumbnails to see a down-arrow (highlighted in red in Figure 2). Click this arrow to open the Entrance Effects gallery in drop-down mode -- again as shown in Figure 2.

    Entrance Effects drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Entrance Effects drop-down gallery

  3. In the Entrance Effects drop-down gallery, just click on any of the entrance effect animations to apply it to your SmartArt. For this example, we used the Wipe animation (refer to Figure 2 above). Note that this adds the the digit 1 (highlighted in red in Figure 3) to the SmartArt indicating that an animation has been applied. And since you see only "1" without any "2", "3", etc. -- you can assume that there is no sequenced animation, and the entire SmartArt graphic is going to be animated all at once.

    Wipe entrance animation applied to SmartArt graphic
    Figure 3: Wipe entrance animation applied to SmartArt graphic

  4. Once you have applied an animation, you may want more control over the sequencing of the animation for different shapes contained within your SmartArt. Options to control the sequencing can be found within the Animation Options group (see Figure 4) within the Animations tab of the Ribbon.

    Options to edit sequencing of the animation
    Figure 4: Options to edit sequencing of the animation

    As soon as an animation is applied, the Effect Options button located within Animation Options group is no longer grayed. Click this button to summon the Effect Options drop-down list, as shown in Figure 4.

    Within the Effect Options drop-down gallery, you can choose from the four directions available for the Wipe animation. Note that unlike the Wipe animation, other animations may not have a Direction option. What's significant though is that the Sequence options, which are explained below will be similar for all types of animated SmartArt graphics:

    • 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.

  5. Once you are done with applying and editing animation, you can preview the animation by clicking the Play button within the Preview group of Animations tab, as shown in Figure 5.

    Play button used to preview the animation
    Figure 5: Play button used to preview the animation

  6. Save your presentation.
Tip: You can control the animation further using the options within the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox. To access this toolbox, click the Show or Hide the Toolbox icon (refer to Figure 6 ) in the Standard Toolbar. More information on using the options within this tab can be found in our Custom Animation Tab of Toolbox in PowerPoint 2011 tutorial.

Toolbox icon
Figure 6: Toolbox icon

See Also:

Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animating SmartArt in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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