Remove Animations on One Slide or Turn Off Animations for an Entire Presentation

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated January 30, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013 and 2016 (also applies to 2007)

Before running a PowerPoint slide show, you may want to remove animations on an individual slide or turn off animations for the entire presentation. This can be particularly helpful for specific audiences.

In this article, we’ll use two methods to remove animations. The first method permanently removes animations on a slide and the second simply disables animations during a presentation. Animations can be enabled again later

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Removing animations on a slide

Since you can’t restore animations if you use the following method, you may want to work on a copy of the presentation (or slide) and retain the original with animations.

To remove animations on a single slide:

  1. In Normal view, display the slide with the animations you wish to remove.
  2. Click an object on the slide. If you are selecting a placeholder, click its edge.
  3. Press Control + A to select all objects on the slide.
  4. Click the Animations tab in the Ribbon.
  5. If necessary, click the More down arrow in the Animations in the Animation group.
  6. Click None. Repeat for other slides.

PowerPoint animations drop-down menu.

Note: If the animation has been created in Slide Master view, you’ll need to remove it from the Slide Master or layout (submaster) in Slide Master view.

Turning off animations for an entire presentation

If you want to disable all animations in a presentation for a specific audience or because the presentation is “overanimated”, you can use the following technique.

To turn off all animations for a slide show:

  1. In Normal view, click the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Set up Show.
  3. Check the Show without animation check box.
  4. Click OK. When you run the slide show, no animations should appear.

Set up show dialog in PowerPoint.

Turning on animations for an entire presentation

If you used the above method to disable animations, you can enable them again at any time.

To enable animations for a slide show:

  1. In Normal view, click the Slide Show tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Set up Show.
  3. Uncheck the Show without animation check box.
  4. Click OK. When you run the slide show, the animations should appear.

If you are a keyboard-only user, you may want to check out the series on navigating and selecting in Microsoft Office using a keyboard.

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