How to Use the Animation Painter in PowerPoint

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The Animation Painter in PowerPoint works much like the Format Painter, which has been part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs for a long time. This feature is a real time saver and reduces repetitive stress injuries from those many extra mouse clicks.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and PowerPoint for Office 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 slide which contains the animation you wish to copy.

  2. Go to Animations.

  3. Select the object that contains the animation you want to duplicate.

  4. In the Advanced Animation group, select Animation Painter. Note that the mouse cursor changes to an arrow with a paint brush.

    Animation Painter in PowerPoint
  5. Select the object to which you wish to apply this same animation.

  6. This animation and all its settings are applied to the new object.

Copy an Animation to Several Objects

  1. Select the object that contains the desired animation.

  2. Go to Animations.

  3. In the Advanced Animation group, double-click Animation Painter. Note that the mouse cursor changes to an arrow with a paintbrush.​

  4. Select the first object to which you wish to apply this same animation.

  5. This animation and all its settings are applied to the new object.

  6. Continue to select other objects that require the animation.

  7. To turn off the Animation Painter, select Animation Painter again.