How to set animation order in PowerPoint

You can add several animations to your PowerPoint slide, but sometimes you don’t like the sequence. In the Animation Pane, you can easily change the animation order in PowerPoint 2016 or later. Learn how to reorder animations in three simple clicks. It is also possible to remove an animation in PowerPoint. This article will show you how to set animation order and delete an animation in PowerPoint.

Add several animations to your PowerPoint slide

First, you need to make a Powerpoint presentation with good content and pictures. Thereafter you can start adding a few animations to some of the slides. If you don’t know how to add an animation to your PowerPoint, you should read the previous article.

If you want to practice first, you can open your PowerPoint and use Orange burst‘s theme.

how to change animation order in powerpoint 2016

Now we will add several animations on the first slide to show you how it looks. Every time you insert a new animation to your slide, it will come after the previous one. There are many styles to choose from in the Animation tab. We want to keep it simple and add entrance animations to all three of the objects.

  • Click on the picture of oranges and add any animation, e.g., Fade. Now you will see a little box with the number 1 written in it.
  • Then add another animation to the subtitle, called Fly In. It gives you a little number 2 in the box.
  • Now add an animation to the title, like Float In. It shows a little box with the number 3 written.

If you click on that little box, it will change color from white to light orange. It will also show you which animation you have selected from the animation list.

How to set animation order in PowerPoint

Change the order of animations in the Animation Pane

Let’s go to the first slide and open the Animation Pane to show you how to rearrange them. It is straightforward to change the order of the animations by following the steps below.

  • First, you need to select the slide where you inserted animations.
  • Then click on the Animations tab.
  • Now select Animation Pane, and it will open up on the right side. Here you can see the animation order.
  • If you click on Play All in the Animation Pane, you can see the preview. You can always change the sequence of the animations.

how to change animation order in powerpoint 2016

Let’s say that you have changed your mind and want to switch things up. You want the title animation to come before the subtitle. It is easy to change the animation order in PowerPoint 2016 or later once you have opened the Animation Pane.

  • In the Animation Pane > Select the animation you want to move. Now, it will get a light orange background.
  • Then move the animation up or down by clicking on the arrows. You can also drag the selected animation and drop it at the place you want to have it.

The oranges’ animation is named ‘Picture 4’ in the Animation Pane and stays in the same order. On the right picture, the subtitle animation moved down as last, and it changed to number 3. The title animation is therefore rearranged to number 2 in the list.

Reorder animation

You can also reorder your animations in three simple clicks.

  • Click on the slide where you have entered animations.
  • Go to the Animations tab.
  • Now click on the little box next to the object you want to reorder. Once you select it, the color of the box changes to light orange.
  • Go to the far right in the ribbon, and select Move Earlier or Move Later to change the animation order.

How to remove animations in powerpoint

Remove or delete an animation in PowerPoint

Maybe you realized that you don’t need animation on your oranges’ picture. So how do you remove animations in PowerPoint? Luckily it is easy to delete an animation from your slide in the Animation Pane by following the steps below.

  • Click on your slide with the animations.
  • Go to the Animation tab at the top of your document.
  • Now click on Animation Pane, and it will open on the right side.
  • Select the animation you want to delete, and it will have a light orange background. Now you can click on the small arrow down next to it. It will open a drop-down list, and here you can click on Remove.
  • Or you can right-click on the animation in the Animation Pane to get the same drop-down list and select Remove. This way, you can remove animations in PowerPoint faster.

Once you click on Remove, it will automatically delete the animation from the list.

how to remove an animation in PowerPoint

Conclusion

If you know how to add animations to your PowerPoint slide, you also want to set them in order. In the Animation Pane, you can change the order of the animations you added to a PowerPoint slide. Just drag and drop the selected animation in the Animation Pane or use the up and down arrows. You can also delete an animation in PowerPoint by right-clicking it in the Animation Pane and selecting remove. This is the easiest way to remove animations in PowerPoint.

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