How to "Hide" in a PowerPoint Animation


Like the speakeasies of the Prohibition era, sometimes you need to be able to hide your PowerPoint animations with a moment's notice. Built into PowerPoint is the option to hide an object after the animation has completed or the next time you click your mouse button. This allows you to program animations all on one slide and have them get out of the way when they're done being useful.

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to edit. Click on the slide where the animation will go. Click the "Animation" tab and then the "Custom Animation" button. A new section will appear to the right of the slide with custom animation controls.

  • Click the object to be animated. Give it an animation effect by clicking the "Add Effect" button in the Custom Animation section. Choose an entrance effect, for example "Faded Zoom."

  • Click the arrow next to the animation you just created in the list of animations. Choose "Effect Options." On the "Effect" tab click the drop-down menu next to "After Animation" and choose "Hide After Animation" or "Hide On Next Mouse Click." Click "OK."

  • Press "F5" on your keyboard to launch the slideshow and preview your new animation effect. Press "Esc" when you're done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use subtle animations and use the same types of animation consistently throughout the presentation.

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