How to Add Animation in Google Slides


You can add animations to your presentation in Google Slides and the elements in it to make your presentation more interesting. When used correctly and in moderation, animations can break up the deadly seriousness of the presentation and allow the eyes to more easily take in all the text and data.

Google Slides’ repertoire of animations and transitions isn’t as extensive as PowerPoint’s, but it’s still more than enough to help you add subtle animations to your presentation. Read on to learn how you can add animations in Google Slides.


How to Add Animations in Google Slides

Adding animations in Google Slides basically involves selecting the object you want to animate (text, image, etc.) and then selecting the type of animation. Another factor that plays a role is animation order, which tells Google Slides which animations to play first.

Just like PowerPoint, there are three types of animation in Google Slides: Hall, Accentand Go out. You can add one or more animations to an object on your slide. Of course, it’s best not to add more than one of each type. Having two entry animations on a single object can make your presentation look ridiculous.

  1. Select the object you want to animate.
  2. Go to the Insert menu.
  3. Select Animation. The Motion pane will appear on the right.
  4. In the Motion pane, under Object animationsClick on Add Animation.
  5. Click on Molten and change the animation type to your liking.
  6. Click on To play to preview the animation.

Your object is now animated. You can go ahead and add more animations to the same object or to a different object. To do this, you need to select the object and repeat the above process.

When you have multiple animations in a single slide, they will appear in the order shown in the Movement window. To change the order, grab an animation and drop it where you want it. The top animation will play first, and the rest will play in order, one after the other.

Along with animating the objects on your slides, you can also properly add animated GIFs to add movement to your Google Slides presentation.

Animation options in Google Slides

Besides the animation type itself, there are three additional settings you can change in Google Slides. First, you can change the Start Condition animation.

By default, the start condition for all animations is click. This means that once you click on the presentation, the next animation will play. You can change this by modifying the start condition.

  1. Go to the Insert menu then select Animation. This will bring up the Motion pane.
  2. Scale down the animation you want to edit.
  3. Change the start condition. This is set to On click by default.

Change the start condition to After the previous will play the animation right after the previous one ends. Change it to With the previous will play the animation at the same time as the previous one. In this form, the start time of the animation depends on the start time of the previous animation.

You can create a cascade of automatic animations by setting all start conditions to After Previous, or you can play all animations at once by setting them all to With Previous. In these scenarios, you will only need to click once for the first animation to play, and the rest will happen automatically.

The second animation setting in Google Slides is a checkbox labeled By paragraph. This parameter is eligible for text objects. Once you check it, Google Slides will animate paragraphs one after another and display them sequentially, rather than treating all of the text as a single object.

  1. Go to the Movement window.
  2. Select your animation.
  3. Check By paragraph.

The final parameter is the duration. This is a number between 0 and 5 seconds, which indicates the duration of the animation. The larger the number, the slower the animation will be.

  1. Go to the Movement window.
  2. Select your animation.
  3. Adjust the slider to the desired amount.

The animation of the slides themselves, for example how they go in and how they go out, is called a slide transition. You can read our article on slide transitions in Google Slides to learn more.

Present your data with animations

Presentations can sometimes get too serious, even boring. A good way to smooth the flow of data and give the eyes a break is to add animations.

You can add as many animations as you want to objects in your Google Slides presentation, and Google Slides does a great job of helping you keep track of all the animations. Remember that adding too many animations can backfire and cause your presentation to lose its subtlety.


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