How to make an object appear and disappear in powerpoint using animations


This week I saw a great question on an online diễn đàn relating lớn Microsoft PowerPoint. The question asked how lớn make an object appear on screen for a few seconds, và then make it disappear only lớn be replaced with a different object. I’ve been asked about this on many occasions during training courses và it really is a nice easy task to lớn do, so after answering the question I thought I’d create a post about it.

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Using Animations in Microsoft PowerPoint can be lots of fun & allows the creative juices to lớn flow. Having conducted professional development for teachers over the years there are some really great ways that teachers and students can use PowerPoint & in particular, animations in the classroom.

This post is written using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. For earlier versions of PowerPoint please see our earlier post here.

About Animations

Animations are a great way to make any presentation interactive and dynamic. There are four (4) different types of animations: Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Paths. The type of animation you decide to lớn use is directly related to lớn what you want the object khổng lồ do. Vì chưng you want an object khổng lồ appear or disappear? Then you will need an Entrance or Exit effect. Vì chưng you want it to be highlighted or accentuated on the slide? Then you will need an Emphasis effect. The Motion Paths effects provide great flexibility khổng lồ essentially vì whatever you want including making a turn, looping and creating your own custom path.

There is such a thing as “too much of a good thing” when it comes lớn animations. I can definitely say that I’ve seen some terrible examples of how lớn use animations in Microsoft PowerPoint. While it is a great feature, I always give this little “disclaimer”. While animations can really improve the readability & retention of information, too much will make your audience feel lượt thích they are watching the latest creation from Disney Pixar. Too much is never good,so try lớn keep the number of objects you animate to lớn a màn chơi which will not leave your audience looking confused.

About the Animation Pane

The Animation Pane allows you lớn view all objects on the slide which have had an animation effect applied. The Animation Pane gives you a better view of what is animated và when animations will begin. It is also great for troubleshooting issues. The Animation Pane is not visible on the screen until you click a button to lớn display it. I’ll show you how to vị this a little further down this post.

Let’s get started

For this animation sequence, I am going lớn have an image of a caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly, this is inspired by my daughter’s recent “life cycle of a butterfly” presentation she did for class news.

So let’s take a look now at how to work with animations in PowerPoint khổng lồ achieve our goal.

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Firstly lets xuất hiện Microsoft PowerPoint (I’m using PowerPoint 2016)Whenever I conduct a course in PowerPoint I always emphasise the importance of choosing the correct slide layout so for this animation sequence I need a blank slideFrom the Home tab click the Layout button & choose Blank from the options

Now we need khổng lồ insert our first image which will be a caterpillarTo insert the first image, select the Insert tab and choose PicturesThe Insert Picture dialogbox will now appear:

Now lớn insert the butterfly, repeat the same process that you used for the first imageOnce you have the butterfly on the slide you may need to lớn resize it lớn a suitable kích thước and then move the butterfly off khổng lồ one side of the slide by simply clicking & dragging the image

The reason I suggest you move the butterfly khổng lồ one side at the moment is to lớn make setting up the animation sequence a little easier, at the end we will move the butterfly over the top of the caterpillar và increase the size


Now select the caterpillar and click the Animations tab from the RibbonTo display the Animation Pane click the Animation Pane button located in the Advanced Animation groupThe Animation Pane will now display on the right side of the slide
For the caterpillar we want to make him disappearFrom the Animation gallery select the More button which is underneath the down scroll arrowFrom the danh sách of available animations scroll down khổng lồ the Exit type animations & click the Disappear animation typeYou will now see the number 1 appear in a square on the đứng top left corner of the image
The number helps us identify objects in a sequence, so this lets us know this animation will run as the first thành tựu in this sequence. It’s important to note that if you set multiple animations lớn run at the same time that they will all be numbered the same, instead of numbered individually.


Animations all rely for the most part on timing. Timing requires us lớn specify when an animation will begin, how long we want it to lớn last và if we want any delay used.

When it comes lớn the Start option you have 3 available:

On ClickClick the mouse or press any key khổng lồ start the animation sequence whilst in slideshow mode.
After PreviousThe animation sequence will begin once any previous animation effects have completed. The start of a slideshow is also considered a “previous” effect.
With PreviousWill begin at the same time of any previous animation effects. The start of a slideshow is also considered a “previous” effect.
For this animation we want this to lớn run without us having to lớn prompt it lớn begin, so click the Start drop-down menu from the Timing Group and select After Previous

A common question I get at this stage during a training day is “Why are we using After Previous when this is the 1st thành tích in this sequence?” That is a valid question and as I’ve outlined in the table above, PowerPoint recognises that when we start a presentation in slide show mode that is the “previous” effect so it will automatically start an animation without us having to click.

For the Duration option we need to lớn set how long we want the animation to take, so in this case, how long till our caterpillar disappears?Use the up & down arrows khổng lồ adjust this setting khổng lồ 3 seconds (03.00)
For this sequence, we bởi vì not want lớn use a delayNow select the butterfly imageFrom the Animation gallery, click the More button và select the Appear optionWithin the Timing section, change the Start setting to lớn be After Previous because we would lượt thích the butterfly lớn appear once our caterpillar has disappearedNow in the Duration section, we can leave the mặc định option of Auto. This will essentially leave the butterfly on the slide till we either move lớn another slide or exit the slideshow. If you wanted to include a 3rd or 4th animation then you would set this option to the number of seconds you want the butterfly to be displayed.The images are now animated. Click & drag the butterfly over the vị trí cao nhất of the caterpillar and make the image larger.
We are now ready lớn preview our animationClick on the first object in the Animation Pane, in our case it will be the caterpillarFrom the Animations ribbon click the Preview buttonYou will now see a previewTo view the full animation in slideshow mode simply press F5 on the keyboard và sit back and watchOnce the animation has finished click Esc on the keyboard to exitYou have now created a simple, but effective, animation in PowerPoint

I highly recommend you explore the huge range of animation options available. Kiểm tra out more great posts related khổng lồ Microsoft PowerPoint.