Set the animation timing or effect options

You can customize the timing of animation effects in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, including the timing and order with which they start, and whether they repeat.

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Set the start time for an animation effect

  1. On the slide, click the text or object that contains the animation effect for which you want to set the start timing.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Timing group, do one of the following:

The Timing group on the Animations tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

  • To start the animation effect when you click the slide, select Start On Click.
  • To start the animation effect at the same time as the previous effect in the list (that is, one click executes multiple animation effects), select Start With Previous.
  • To start the animation effect immediately after the previous effect in the list finishes playing (that is, you do not have to click again to make the next animation effect start), select Start After Previous.

Delay the start of an animation effect

  1. On the slide, click the text or object that contains the animation effect for which you want to set a delay or other timing option.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Timing group, do one or more of the following:
    • To create a delay between the end of one animation effect and the start of a new animation effect, enter a number in the Delay box.
    • To specify the length of an animation effect, enter a number in the Duration box.

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Repeat or rewind an animation effect

To make an animation effect or sequence of effects repeat or return to its original position, on the Animations tab, in the Animation group, click the Show Additional Effect Options launcher Button image , click the Timing tab, and then do one or more of the following:

  • To repeat an animation effect, select an option in the Repeat list.
  • To automatically return an animation effect to its original look and location after it plays, select the Rewind when done playing check box. For example, after the “fly out” exit effect plays, the item reappears on the slide in its original location.

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Reorder animation effects

Animated objects on a slide display a number indicating the order in which the object’s animation plays. When there are two or more animation effects, you can change the order in which each plays by doing one of the following:

  • On the slide, click an animation, and then on the Animations tab, in the Timing group, under Reorder Animation, click Move Earlier or Move Later.
  • On the Animations tab, in the Advanced Animation group, click Animation Pane. You can change the order by dragging objects up or down in the list, or click on the item you want to move and then use the Re-Order arrows on the Animation Pane. You can also click an object in the Animation Pane and then in the Timing group, under Reorder Animation, click Move Earlier or Move Later.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010