PowerPoint Animation Options in Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

PowerPoint Animation Options in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

After you apply an animation to an object on your slide made with PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you can use PowerPoint’s Animation Options group on the Animations tab. Each effect comes with its own collection of options from which to choose. Animation Options can’t be applied until you have applied at least one animation, be it either entrance, emphasis, exit, or Motion Path.


Each effect comes with a collection of options that you can use to customize the effect’s animation. After you’ve applied an animation effect, you can adjust its animation options.

Activating animation options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

To apply animation effect options, you can use the Ribbon or the Toolbox.

To use the Ribbon to apply an animation effect, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Animations tab of the Ribbon.

  2. Click a number associated with an animation (this is typically on the slide itself) or select the line of a motion path animation.

  3. In the Animation Options group, you can choose individual effect options, change the start event, and change the duration of the animation effects in seconds.

To use the Toolbox to apply an animation effect, follow these steps:

  1. Click Toolbox on the Standard toolbar.

  2. Select the Custom Animation tab in the Toolbox.

  3. Select an animation from the list in the Toolbox.

  4. Click disclosure triangles at the bottom of the Toolbox to display more options.

Choosing Start options for PowerPoint animations

All effects have these same three Start options, sometimes referred to as animation events because they determine when an effect will start playing:

  • On Click: When chosen, PowerPoint waits for you to click the mouse button before starting the animation when the slide show is running. On Click is the default setting when you add a new animation to a slide.

  • With Previous: When With Previous is chosen, the animation plays simultaneously with the previous animation in the list in the Animation Order section of the Custom Animation tab of the Toolbox, or as indicated with numbers in Normal view when the Animations tab of the Ribbon has been chosen.

  • After Previous: This option tells PowerPoint to wait until the previous animation has completed before automatically starting the selected animation.

You can chain many animations together so that they play all at the same time. If you want all the animations to play without having to click the mouse, the first animation in the list should be With Previous or After Previous.