How to Change the Speed of a PowerPoint Animation

Vary the speed of an animation using one of two techniques

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Use one of two methods to change the speed of an animation applied to an object in PowerPoint. The first one we outline is the quickest method, while the second provides additional animation options. You already should have an idea of how much time you want to assign to the PowerPoint animation.

These instructions apply toPowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010.

Use a Quick Method to Change Animation Speed

The speed of any animation is set in seconds and parts of seconds, up to hundredths of seconds.

  1. Select the object in the slide that has been assigned an animation—a text box, a picture, or a chart to name a few examples.

  2. Select Animation.

  3. In the Duration box, select the up or down arrows beside the speed that is currently set to increase or decrease the speed. The speed changes in increments of quarters of a second.

    A screenshot showing the Change animation settings in PowerPoint.
  4. Alternatively, enter the speed you want in the Duration text box. The animation speed is changed to this new setting.

Use the Show Additional Effect Options Dialog

Another way to access these settings is in the Effect Options dialog box.

  1. Select the object in the slide that has been assigned an animation.

  2. Select Show Additional Effect Options (it's the launcher in the lower-right corner of the Animation group).

    A screenshot showing the Show Additional Effect Options in PowerPoint.
  3. Select the Timing tab.

  4. Select the Duration down arrow and choose a speed.

    A PowerPoint screenshot showing the Duration drop-down in the Effect Options dialog box.
  5. Select OK to apply the changes.

Add Effect Options

Before you close the Effect Options dialog box, switch to the Effect tab to add effect options such as altering the entrance direction of the text as it appears on the slide.

A screenshot showing the Animation Effects in PowerPoint.

If the dialog box is closed, there's another way to add an effect to an animation. Select the animation and select Animations > Effect Options to display a list of possible effects for the type of animation used.