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 when an image appears 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 using various effects in Google Slides. Also, you can control when the animation starts.

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

Animate objects

To animate an image, object, or shape, select it. Click View > Motion in 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 animation in 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 out, fly in or out, or rotate.

Effect options in Google Slides

It is important to note that if you use an effect such as “fly in”, the image appears on the slide. This is an entry effect. On the other hand, if you use the exit effect, the image is removed from the slide, which constitutes 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.

Setting up the animation


Animate text

Text animation in Google Slides is almost identical to object animation, with one 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 down to the Object Animations section, you see a checkbox for By Paragraph. Simply check this box to animate the lines or paragraphs of the text box.

“Per paragraph” option for animating text

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

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

Rearrange, edit, or delete animations

When you animate elements on a slide, these effects occur by default in the order you add them. So if you animate an image and then an area of ​​text, the animations happen in that order. You can modify this order 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 appear. Then drag the animation up or down where you want it.

Rearrange Animations in Google Slides

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

If you decide you don’t want to use the 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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