PowerPoint: Automate Animation and Slideshow Transitions

PowerPoint: Automate Animation and Slideshow Transitions

You can set your existing PowerPoint animations to play automatically so that you don't have to click the slide area to make the next item appear. You can also set the slide transitions to progress automatically, so there is no need to click to proceed to the next slide in your show. These instructions are for PowerPoint 2016, 2013, and 2010. The tabs and section headings may vary slightly in appearance but the terminology in these instructions will remain the same between each version of PowerPoint.


This help page assumes that you are working with a PowerPoint file that already includes animations.

Automate Slide Animations

  1. Open your PowerPoint slideshow.
  2. Select the "Animations" tab > Click "Animation Pane" in the "Advanced Animation" group.
  3. Right-click on the first animation. Multiple options will display.
  4. Choose "Start With Previous." This will cause your first animation to start as soon as the slide appears on the screen.
  5. For each of the remaining animations in your list, right-click and then apply "Start After Previous." This will cause all other animations on the slide to occur automatically in the order you have listed them.
  6. To change the timing of the animations, adjust the "Duration" drop-down box in the "Timing" group. You can also adjust the "Delay" drop-down box to enter the number of seconds before the next animation should appear.


When you return to a slide after having viewed only part of it, the animation sequences automatically start from the beginning.

Automate Slide Transitions

  1. Select the "Transitions" tab > Choose the transition you would like from the list.
  2. Modify the transition speed by changing the "Duration" drop-down list in the "Timing" group.
  3. Uncheck the box next to "On Mouse Click" under  "Advance Slide."
  4. Check the box for "After" and modify the drop-down list to display the number of seconds you would like between slides.
  5. Apply slide transition preferences to all slides by selecting "Apply to All" from the "Timing" group or go to each slide and repeat the above steps for each individual slide.
  6. Save your presentation and run the slideshow to view your changes.

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