How to Change the Speed of a PowerPoint Animation

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Here are two methods for changing the animation speed of an animation applied to an object in PowerPoint. The first below is the quickest method, while the second provides another method that also offers additional animation options. You should have an idea of how much time you want to assign to the PowerPoint animation.

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Quick method for changing animation speed

Set the precise speed of the animation on the PowerPoint slide
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The speed of any animation is set in seconds and parts of seconds, up to hundredths of seconds.

  1. Click the object in 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 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 up or down arrows beside the speed that is currently set to increase or decrease the speed; it will change in increments of quarters of a second.
    • Alternatively, you may type the speed you would like to set in the text box beside Duration.
  4. The animation speed will now be changed to this new setting.
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Using the animation pane to change animation speed

Open the PowerPoint animation pane
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Using the Animation Pane offers more options for changes you can make to the animated object, in addition to the speed.

  1. Click the object on the slide to select it.
  2. Click the Animations tab of the ribbon if it is not currently displayed.
  3. Toward the right side of the ribbon, note the Advanced Animation section. Click the Animation Pane button; 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 you have selected on the slide is the object selected here in the animation pane.
  5. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the animation.
  6. Click Timing... in this list.
  7. The Timing dialog box opens, but note that this box will have the name of the specific animation that you applied earlier. In the example image, the animation called "Random Bars" has been applied to the object on the slide.
    • Beside the option for Duration, click the drop-down arrow to reveal preset choices for animation speed.
    • Alternatively, type in a specific speed that you want to use for this object's animation.
  8. Apply additional timing features as desired.
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An Added Bonus While Using This Method

Set animation speed in PowerPoint Timing dialog box
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While the Timing dialog box is open, switch to the Effect tab and you can quickly add effect options such as altering 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. Depending on what type of object you have selected for the animation, this tab will change. In the case of the image example here, a text box has been chosen for animation, so the Animation tab reads "Text Animation." This tab title will likely differ for your specific PowerPoint presentation.