Using the Morph Transition to Animate Your PowerPoint Presentation

You can easily make your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation more engaging with simple built-in animation features, like Morph transition.

Using the Morph Transition to Animate Your PowerPoint Presentation

You can easily make your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation more engaging with simple built-in animation features, like Morph transition. Transitions are animations between slides, and PowerPoint provides many transition types to suit different presentations. You can find the full selection range in the Transitions ribbon in PowerPoint. Most of these options animate the current and following slide as the presentation switches from the former to the latter. For example, the Fade transition slowly fades out the current slide as the next one slowly appears.

The Morph Transition

Using the Morph transition, you can animate shapes, icons, images, and text without needing to develop more complex PowerPoint animations for each object. You can transform a square into a circle, one image or shape into another, or free-floating text into words, among other possibilities. This transition can be a perfect tool to emphasize a key point, create an anagram effect, rotate 2D and 3D shapes, and zoom in or out on specific objects, among

To use this tool, you’ll need to start with two sequential slides with at least one object in common. You can copy common objects from one side to another manually. Or you can duplicate the first slide by either selecting it and pressing Ctrl + D or right-clicking on it and selecting Duplicate Slide from the resulting menu. Use the second slide to move the objects around and add or remove text, images, or shapes, as necessary. However, make sure that each slide contains the objects you’d like to animate.

Once you are satisfied with the appearance of your first and second slide, go to the Transition ribbon and choose Morph. Click on it, and you’ll see the animated transition from the first to the second. When it comes to shapes, icons, and images, it’s that simple. You can also animate text easily, though you’ll want to start by rearranging letters on the first slide first to begin.

For example, if you want different letters to come together to spell a single word, arrange each letter — in its own separate textbox on the first slide at your desired starting point. Duplicate this slide and on the duplicate, bring the textboxes together to form the word. Then, select Morph, and you’ll see the letters come together in-between slides.

Other Notes About the Morph Transition

When using this transition, you should know:

  • The morph transition works on PowerPoint versions 2016 and later.
  • This transition only works with like objects on each slide. If you have a single character on one slide and a shape on the other, this transition will not work.
  • Morphing won’t work with shapes that have more than a single hole in them.
  • You don’t have to animate all the common objects on each slide. You can animate some of them while the rest remain static if you choose.

To do this, you’ll need to give the objects you want to animate a custom name. You’ll want to give your selected common objects a name that begins with two exclamation marks. Do this by selecting the first object and choosing Select from the home tab. Then select the object name in the Selection pane, and change its name to a unique one of your choosing that’s preceded by the two exclamation marks. Repeat this step for the corresponding object on the other slide, then apply the Morph transition. You’ll see the first object transform to the other, which all other objects remain static.

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