Change animation order for PowerPoint slides

  1. Change the order with a simple click-and-drag reorder
  2. Reorder animation
  3. Practical tips for animated transitions

Change the order with a simple click-and-drag reorder

Animations are a great way to add interest to a PowerPoint presentation. But animations may not always appear on the screen the way you want. If your animation goes wrong, change the order of the animation.

The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Mac and PowerPoint for Office 365.

Reorder animation

To change the PowerPoint animation order, it’s as simple as dragging the animation to a new location in the Animations panel.

To change the order of the animation, select the slide with the animation, go to the section Animations and choose Animation panel . The Animation panel shows each animation on the slide in the order it is performed.

Drag the animation from the current position to the new one (you will see the insertion point represented by a red line in the animation list). The backorder takes effect immediately.

Practical tips for animated transitions

Using too many animations in a presentation can confuse your audience. When a presentation is too animated, your audience will spend most of their time watching the movement rather than focusing on their message.

Recommended best practices include:

  • Limit your slides to three or fewer animations.

  • Use the same effect for the same activity.

  • Apply short term effects (less than 2 seconds).

  • Avoid animations that paint over a large area (eg bounces).

Animations work well with presentations with recorded audio, such as narration. It is more difficult to time the slides, which contain embedded video and animation.

Once your animations are in order, play the entire presentation from scratch for a final quality check. Don’t forget to save your work.

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