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How to Sequence Animation Order in PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

Animations are great to add a bit of flair to a presentation. In this screencast, I’ll show you how to set the order that your PowerPoint animations show in just 60 seconds.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates on GraphicRiver or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates. Or, browse through more top animation PowerPoint templates: 

How to Quickly Sequence PowerPoint Animation Order

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1. Out of Order PowerPoint Animation Sequence

Let’s say that I’ve got a slide like this one, where I’ve added animations to several items on the slide but they’re coming in in the wrong order. You can see that by clicking on the Animations tab here at the top of PowerPoint and then clicking on Preview

The animations will be previewed and you’ll see the order that they’ll come in on the screen. You can also notice that each of these elements on the slide has this small number next to it which shows the order they will animate onto the slide.

PowerPoint animation sequence that is out of order
You need to reorder this PPT animation sequence.

2. Reorder Your Sequence With the Animation Pane

To reorder the animations on your slide, click on this Animation pane button to open the Animations Pane on the right side. Each one of these items represents an animation on the slide. 

To reorder, all you have to do is drag and drop them into the order you want. Move these items around in the list to re-sequence the PowerPoint animation. 

Reorder sequence with animation Pane
Use the PPT Animation Pane to drag and drop your animation order.

3. Preview the New Animation Sequence Order

Preview the new order, by pressing Preview here on the ribbon. 

Preview your adjusted animation sequence
Preview your adjusted animation order.

Finishing Up!

You can drag and drop as many times as needed to get the order you want. Also keep an eye on the numbers next to the object, in case you’re confused which item is animated.

Changing the order of your animation sequence is quick to do, when you know how. 

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