Learn How to Easily Change the Speed of a PowerPoint Animation

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Quick Method to Change Speed of PowerPoint Animation

Set the precise speed of the animation on the PowerPoint slide
Set the precise speed of the animation on the PowerPoint slide. © Wendy Russell

This is the quickest method to change the animation speed -- assuming that you know precisely how much time you want to assign to the PowerPoint animation.

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

  1. Click on the object on the slide that has been assigned an animation. This could be a text box, a picture, or a chart, to name just a few examples.
  2. Click on the Animation tab of the ribbon.
  3. At the right side of the ribbon, in the Timing section, note the listing for Duration:
    • Click the tiny up or down arrows beside the speed already set, to increase or decrease the current setting. The speed will change in increments of quarters of a second.
    • OR -- Type the speed of your choice in the text box beside Duration:
  4. The animation speed will now be changed to this new setting.
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Use PowerPoint Animation Pane to Change Speed of Animation

Open the PowerPoint animation pane
Open the PowerPoint animation pane. © Wendy Russell

Using the Animation Pane offers more options, in the event that you wish to make additional changes to the animated object, as well as the speed.

  1. Click on the object on the slide, if it is not already selected.
  2. Click on the Animations tab of the ribbon if it is not currently displayed.
  3. Towards the right side of the ribbon, note the Advanced Animation section. Click on the Animation Pane button and it will open to the right of the slide. Any objects that have had animations already applied, will be listed there.
  4. If there are several objects in this list, note that the object that you had selected on the slide previously is the object selected here, in the animation pane.
  5. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the animation.
  6. Click on Timing... in this list.
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Change Animation Speed Using Timing Dialog Box

Set animation speed in PowerPoint Timing dialog box
Set animation speed in PowerPoint Timing dialog box. © Wendy Russell
  1. The Timing dialog box opens, but note that this dialog box will have the name of the specific animation that you applied earlier. In the example image shown above, I have applied the animation called "Random Bars" to the object on my slide.
    • Beside the option for Duration: click the drop-down arrow to reveal preset choices for animation speed.
    • OR -- Type in a specific speed that you want to use for this object.
  2. Apply additional timing features as desired.

An Added Bonus While Using This Method

  • While this dialog box is open, switch to the Effect tab and you can quickly add effect options such as changing the entrance direction of the text as it appears on the slide.
  • Switching to the Animation tab in this dialog box offers additional options for animation. Note - Depending on what type of object was selected for the animation, this tab will differ. In the case of the image above, I had chosen to animate a text box, so the animation tab reads Text Animation. This tab title may differ in your case.