How to Add Animations to Google Slides

We’ve shown you how to enhance your Google Slides presentation by adding animated transitions between slides. But maybe you want to animate text, images or objects in addition or instead. Here’s how to add animations in Google Slides.

In Microsoft PowerPoint, you can use animations to control the display of an image or to reveal one line at a time. The good news is that you can add these same types of animations in Google Slides. Whether you want to spruce up your slideshow or emphasize the content, it’s easy to do and we’ll walk you through it.

Add animation in Google Slides

You can animate text and other elements with a variety of effects in Google Slides. Also, you can control when the animation starts.

Open your presentation in Google Slides and select a slide with an element you want to animate.

Animate objects

To animate an image, object, or shape, select it. Click View > Motion from the menu to open the Motion sidebar on the right.

Select View, Motion in Google Slides

At the bottom of the sidebar, under Object Animations, click “Add Animation”.

Add an animation in the Motion sidebar

Use the first drop-down list that appears to choose the animation effect. You can choose from options such as fade in or fade out, fly in or out, or spin.

Effect options in Google Slides

It’s important to note that if you use an effect like fly in, it brings the image onto the slide. This is considered an entry effect. Whereas if you use the fly out, it removes the image from the slide as an exit effect.

Use the second drop-down list to select how you want to control the animation. You can start the effect by clicking or have it start automatically after or with a previous animation.

Effect control

Finally, use the slider to choose the speed of your animation.

Click “Play” to see a preview and “Stop” when the animations are finished.

Animation Setup

Animate text

Text animation in Google Slides is almost the same as object animation with a slight difference. You have the option to animate one line or paragraph at a time if you wish.

Follow the same steps to select your text box and open the Motion sidebar. When you go to the Object Animations section, a checkbox appears for By Paragraph. Simply check this box to animate the lines or paragraphs of the text box.

By paragraph, option to animate the text

If you prefer to animate the entire text box rather than the lines or paragraphs it contains, leave the box unchecked.

Once you’ve added one or more animations, you’ll see an icon next to the slide in Filmstrip and Grid view.


Rearrange, edit, or delete animations

When you animate elements on a slide, these effects occur by default in the order in which you add them. So if you animate an image and then a text box, the animations play in that order. You can modify this if necessary.

Open the Motion sidebar by selecting View > Motion from the menu.

Go to the Object Animations section to see all the effects on the slide. To move one, click on the dot grid on the right side and you’ll see a four-sided arrow. Then drag the animation up or down where you want it.

Rearrange Animations in Google Slides

You can edit an animation you add at any time by expanding it in the sidebar and making your changes.

If you decide you don’t want animation anymore, expand it in the sidebar and click the trash can icon to delete it.


For other ways to include movement in your presentation, learn how to add videos in Google Slides.

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