How to Make Animation Repeat in PowerPoint

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Set PowerPoint animation effects to repeat multiple times or for an indefinite period in the Animations tab. By default, animations have set speeds and last for only a few seconds. Some fast-moving effects may look a little jerky when you set them to repeat, but you can change the timing to make them run more smoothly.

Set Repeat on a Single Animation

Step 1

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Open the Animations tab and select Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation area.

Step 2

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Go to the Animation Pane that opens at the side of the slide to see the effects you can add. Select the animation you want to repeat and right-click it. Select Timing from the menu.

Step 3

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Select the drop-down arrow on the Repeat box and choose a repeat option. You can set a number of repeats -- 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 -- or you can set the animation to repeat indefinitely. For example, if you use Until Next Click, the animation repeats until you click on the presentation. Select Until End of Slide to make the effect repeat until all other animations on the slide have finished. Select OK to apply the repeat.

Set Repeat on Multiple Animations

If you have multiple effects on a slide, they repeat on an individual basis in the order in which you set up the effects. For example, if you have two animations on a slide and set them both to repeat three times, the first runs three times and then the second runs three times. To make them repeat together in three separate cycles, set the repeat and change start settings.

Step 1

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Open the Animations Pane on the Animations tab. Select the first effect, hold down the Ctrl key and then select the second. The effects are highlighted, allowing you to apply the same repeat to both.

Step 2

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Right-click one of the animation effects and open Timing. It doesn't matter which animation effect you choose, as long as both are highlighted.

Step 3

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Select an option from the Repeat box. Choose a number to set a fixed number of repeats. Select Until Next Click to set a repeat that runs until you stop it by clicking on the slide. Select Until End of Slide to make an effect repeat until the end of all animation on the slide. Select OK.

Step 4

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Select the second animation effect in the Animation Pane and go to the Start box in the Timing area. Select With Previous to instruct PowerPoint to run the two effects simultaneously in the same repeat cycle.

Tip

  • You can also use Effect Options to access the Timing menu when you right-click on an effect in the Animation Pane.

Change Repeat Timings

Step 1

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Open the Animation Pane from the Animations tab. Select the first animation and then Play From to see how the effects look when they repeat. If they repeat too quickly or run too slowly, change the duration to alter the speed.

Step 2

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To change the speed of a single animation, select it in the Animation Pane. To change multiple animations simultaneously, select the first effect, hold down the Ctrl key and click to select the rest. Go to Duration in the Timing area. Increase the seconds count to make the effect last longer and run more slowly, decrease it to speed it up.

Tip

    • Some animation effects run faster than others. If you're using different effects on a slide they may not sync exactly when they repeat. Experiment with timings on each effect until they run the way you want them to. 
    • If you want a complete presentation to repeat, set it to self-run on a loop automatically.
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