How to Use the Animation Painter in PowerPoint 2010

Make animation simple in PowerPoint

The animation painter in PowerPoint 2010 works much like the Format Painter, which has been part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs for a long time. The animation painter allows you to copy one object's animation effects (and all the settings applied to that animated object) to another. 

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365.

Copy an Animation Effect to a Single Object

The Animation Painter copies the animation effects of one object (and all the settings applied to that animated object), to another object (or many objects) with a single click of the mouse on each new object.

  1. Select the object that contains the desired animation.

  2. Select the Animations tab.

    Animations tab in PowerPoint
  3. In the Advanced Animation group, select Animation Painter.

    Note that the mouse cursor changes to an arrow with a paintbrush.

    Animation Painter in Advanced Animation group
  4. Select the object to which you wish to apply this same animation.

    Selected object
  5. This animation and all its settings have now been applied to the new object.

Copy Animation to Several Objects

Apply animation settings to multiple objects with a single click of the mouse on each new object.

  1. Select the object that contains the desired animation.

  2. Select the Animations tab.

    Animations tab
  3. In the Advanced Animation group, select Animation Painter.

    Animation Painter
  4. Select the first object to which you wish to apply this same animation. This animation and all its settings are applied to the new object.

    Objects on slide
  5. Continue to select all objects that require the animation.

    To turn the animation painter feature off, press Animation Painter once again.