How to Make an Object Disappear After Animation in PowerPoint

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PowerPoint's exit animation effects, such as fade or bounce, make objects disappear. You can simply make an object vanish or have it animate as it leaves the slide. If you're using other animations on the object, set the exit effect to run at the end to make the object disappear when other animations are done. By default, effects run on a click, but you can also make them run automatically and change their timings.

Add an Exit Effect

Step 1

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Select the object. Open the Animations tab and select Add Animation to open a list of effects at the side of the slide. You can also open the menu by selecting the down arrow in the Animation pane.

Step 2

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Go to the Exit section to see available options. Select Disappear to make the object simply vanish from the slide. Choose a different effect to make the object animate before it goes. For example, use Fade to make it fade away or Bounce to make it bounce out of the slide.

Customize the Effect

Step 1

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Open the Animation Pane on the Animations tab and select the exit effect in the list.

Step 2

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Select Effect Options. Your choices here vary, depending on the effect you've chosen. For example, you may be able to change direction, format or shape. If you're using an exit effect on an object with different parts, such as a chart or text, select By Category if you want to make parts of the object vanish individually in order rather than all at once.

Automate an Exit Effect

When you add an exit effect to another animation, it defaults to running when you click the presentation, allowing you to control when the object disappears. To automate an effect, change settings to have it run automatically when the previous animation finishes. If you need a gap between the end of the animation and the exit effect, set a timed delay.

Step 1

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The exit effect needs to be the last animation on the object. To check its position, select the Animation Pane in the Animations tab. If the exit effect isn't at the end of the list, select it and use the Move Later button in the Reorder Animation section to move it down.

Step 2

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Select the effect and go to the Timing area. Change the Start box to After Previous.

Step 3

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To set a delay between the final animation and the exit effect, go to Delay and use the arrows to set a time. For example, if you set a delay of five seconds, the exit effect will happen five seconds after the previous animation ends.

Tip

    • You can only set a delay for up to 59 seconds. If you want to use the gap between the final animation and the object disappearing to talk about the slide, it may be easier to control the exit effect with a click so it vanishes when you're done. 
    • To preview animations on the slide, select the Play All button on the Animation Pane. Don't worry if the object returns to the slide after the animation finishes, it won't do this during a slide show. To see a slide show preview, select the Slide Show tab and From Beginning
    • You can also add sound effects to PowerPoint animations.

Warning

  • If you set an effect to work on parts of an object in order and also set a delay, the object does not vanish all at once. The delay applies to each part of the object.

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