How to use Google Slide animations and transitions

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  1. Spice up your presentation with moving parts, timed and without
  2. Understanding Google Slides animations and transitions
  3. Create transitions for Google Slides
  4. Animate text and images
  5. Animate a bulleted list
  6. Apply the same animation to multiple elements on a slide
  7. Remove animations and transitions from Google Slides
  8. Preview Google Slides transitions and animations

Spice up your presentation with moving parts, timed and without

Transitions and animations in Google Slides add movement to a presentation. Transitions are applied to slides and animations are applied to elements on a slide. Learn how to create animations in Google Slides and apply Google Slides transitions to create interesting presentations.

This tutorial uses a science project template from Google Sheets that includes various text and graphic elements that look even better with transition and animation effects. To create this presentation and follow the tutorial, go to Google Drive and select New Google Sheets From template † Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Scientific project

Understanding Google Slides animations and transitions

Transitions occur when you move from one slide to another during a presentation. Google Slides includes transitions that dissolve, fade, slide, mirror, contain a cube, and bounce in a gallery.

Animations highlight text and images on a slide. Animations help with eye movements by showing where your audience should look during a presentation. Google Slides includes animations that appear, disappear, disappear, fly, scale, and rotate.

Play with different transitions and animations and choose the ones that suit the tone of your presentation.

Less is more when using transitions and animations in Google Slides. You want your audience to be captivated by your cool graphic moves, but you don’t want them to be distracted by a constantly moving presentation. Limit the use of transitions and animations to keep the audience’s attention on you and the topic of your presentation.

Here are some more recommendations:

  • Don’t overdo it † Think about your audience, the purpose of your presentation and the image you want to convey. Then choose your transitions and animations wisely.
  • Avoid spinning and bouncing slides † Choose subtle animations and transitions that fade and dissolve. Complex movements can be distracting.
  • Automate your animation as much as possible † Set the animation to start automatically on or after the previous animation. If you’re focused on launching the next animation, you’re not focused on your audience.
  • Use animations to focus your audience † Create animations to help your audience focus on the content of your presentation. Use animation to highlight important points, ideas and concepts.

Create transitions for Google Slides

In a Google Slides presentation that uses the default transition slides, the slides simply appear and disappear as you scroll through the slideshow. Add some visual interest to your presentation by changing the transition.

You have the option of using the same transition on all slides or a different transition on each slide. In most cases, a single slide transition in a presentation works best.

  1. Go to slide and select Edit transition

  2. Select transition type down arrow and select transition. For example, choose slide to the right to scroll the slideshow across the screen.

  3. Select and drag the slider Duration to change the length of the transition. For example, drag the slider from Fast on the Average

  4. Select Play to see what the slideshow transition looks like.

  5. Select Stop after the transition is complete.

  6. If you don’t like the animation, please choose a different transition type and reproduce

  7. When you find a transition you like, select Apply to all slides to use it throughout the presentation.

Animate text and images

Animations in Google Slides are simple and straightforward. For simple animations, add a single effect to text or image. To emphasize a slide element, add some animations to it.

To add multiple animations to a slide element:

  1. Go to the slide where you want to add the animation and select the text or image element. For example, select the section title text box to add a text animation that introduces the topic.

  2. In the Animations pane, select Add animation

    If the Animations pane is not visible, go to the section Insert and select Animation

  3. Select an animation from the Animation type list. For example, choose fade away to make the text flow smoothly on the slide.

  4. In the Start condition list, select when the animation starts. For example, choose After the previous one to fade the text after the slide stops.

  5. Select and drag the slider Duration to change the speed.

  6. To add a second animation to an element, select Add animation

  7. Select an animation type. For example, choose To spin to rotate the text after it is filled.

  8. Choose an initial condition. For example, choose After the previous one to automatically rotate the text after it appears on the slide.

  9. Select and drag the slider Duration to change the speed.

  10. Select Play to see how the animation works.

    Animations play in the order they appear in the Animations panel. To change the playback order of an animation, drag the animation to another position in the list.

  11. Select Stop after the animation has played.

Animate a bulleted list

If you want the items in a bulleted list to appear on the slide one at a time, animate the list.

  1. Choose a bulleted list.

  2. In the Animation pane, select Add animation

  3. Select an animation type. For example, choose Fly to the right to assign this animation to the transition slide to the right.

  4. Select a trigger condition. For example, select When you press to display each waypoint when the screen is clicked.

  5. Select By paragraph

  6. Drag slider Duration to select the animation speed.

  7. Select Play to see the animation in action.

  8. Select the slide to start the animation. Then select again to see the first waypoint. Keep clicking until you reach the end of the list.

  9. Select Stop when you’re done.

Apply the same animation to multiple elements on a slide

Another cool effect is when two or more objects appear on the slide at the same time with the same animation.

To apply the same animation to multiple elements:

  1. Select two or more items. For example, select two images to display on the slide at the same time.

  2. In the Animation pane, select Add animation

  3. Select an animation type. For example, select fade away to make the images transparent and opaque.

  4. Select a trigger condition. For example, choose After the previous one to start the animation after the slide transition is complete.

  5. Select and drag the slider Duration to change the animation speed.

Remove animations and transitions from Google Slides

Sometimes transitions and animations need to disappear. If you no longer want to use a transition or animation in your presentation, delete it.

  1. Go to the slide with the transition.

  2. Select a transition in the Animations panel.

  3. Select the transition type “down arrow” and select no transition

  4. When the transition appears on all slides, select Apply to all slides to remove the animation from the entire presentation.

  5. To delete an animation, go to the slide containing the animation.

  6. In the Animations panel, select the animation you want to delete.

  7. Select remove

Google Slides transition and animation preview

After you apply slide transitions and animate key presentation elements, you can preview the entire presentation before presenting it to a live audience. Select To suggest to open the presentation in a browser window, then use the controls to see the transition from slide to slide and how the animation moves across the screen.

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