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How to Remove Animation from PowerPoint

November 6, 2023 621 views

As a regular PowerPoint user, you may add animations to emphasise a point, control information, or increase viewers' interest. Sometimes, you may add unnecessary animations but find it difficult to remove them. How do you remove animations from PPT for one slide or all the slides? Follow along, as this descriptive guide will give you a step-by-step description of all you need to do.

Part 1: How to Remove Animations in PowerPoint?

There are 3 main methods to remove animation from PowerPoint Mac or Windows. They include;

Method1: From a Single Slide

To remove animations from PowerPoint Templates or Presentations in a single slide:

Step 1: Open your presentation and go to the slide with the animations you want to remove.

Step 2: To delete all animations on the slide, press Ctrl + A to select all objects. If you want to delete specific animations, click on the individual objects and go to the Animations tab on the ribbon bar.

For specific animations, click on the animations tab

For specific animations, click on the animations tab

Step 3: In the list of available animations, click "None" at the beginning of the carousel.

That will remove any animations associated with the selected objects on that particular slide.

 Click on None

Click on None

Comment: This method is straightforward. The "None" option in the Animations tab helps keep your slides clean and concise.

Method 2: Using the Animations Pane

To remove animations using the Animation Pane in PowerPoint:

Step 1: Open your presentation and select the slide you want to work on. Access the Animations tab on the ribbon.

Click the animations tab

Click the animations tab

Step 2: Click the "Animation Pane" button under the Advanced Animation section.

Click on Animation Pane

Click on Animation Pane

Step 3: The Animation Pane will appear on the right, listing all slide animations in order.

 Side animations listed

Side animations listed

Step 4: Select the animation you want to remove in the Animation Pane. To select multiple animations, use Ctrl and click on each. To select all, click the top one, hold Shift, and select the bottom.

To select all, click on the top one, hold Shift, and select the bottom.

To select all, click on the top one, hold Shift, and select the bottom.

Step 5: Right-click on the selected animations, then choose "Remove" from the menu.

This will delete the animations you've selected from the slide.

Click Remove

Click Remove

Comment: This method provides a detailed and efficient way to manage animations, allowing precise control over which animations to remove from the slide.

Method 3: Use the Show Without Animation Setting

To remove animations from PowerPoint all sides;

Step 1: Open your presentation and go to the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.

 Click on the slide show tab

Click on the slide show tab

Step 2: Click on the "Set Up Slide Show" button.

 Click on the ‘Set Up Slide Show’ button

Click on the ‘Set Up Slide Show’ button

Step 3: In the dialog box that appears, ensure that the "Show without animation" option is selected.

Click ‘Show without animation’

Click ‘Show without animation’

Step 4: Click "OK" to confirm. Your presentation will now run with all animations disabled. You can later re-enable animations by unchecking the "Show without animation" option in the same menu.

Comment: This method is easy, providing flexibility to compare slides with or without animations as needed.

Method 1 is straightforward and efficient, beneficial when quickly decluttering a single slide. Method 2, using the Animation Pane, provides precision in managing multiple animations, ensuring you remove only the desired ones. Method 3 allows for a global approach, ideal for reviewing a presentation without animations.

My experience with these methods has shown that their versatility caters to different needs, whether for streamlining a specific slide, fine-tuning animations, or temporarily disabling them for a holistic view, enhancing PowerPoint's adaptability for diverse editing and presentation scenarios.

Part 2: Why don't we need so many animation effects in PowerPoint?

Excessive animation effects in PowerPoint can be counterproductive for several reasons. These reasons include;

  • Too much distraction: Too many animations can overwhelm the audience, diverting their focus from the core message and content.

  • Unprofessional Appearance due to PowerPoint gluttony: Excessive animations can make a presentation appear unprofessional and juvenile, which is unsuitable for many business or formal settings.

Part 3: How to Edit Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Free?

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With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive feature set, WPS Office is a cost-effective alternative for handling various office tasks. It provides flexibility and accessibility for productive work across different operating systems.

Steps to edit Word/Excel/Powerpoint in WPS:

Editing word in WPS

Step 1: Open the document and click on Edit to set the document into edit mode.

Click on Edit

Click on Edit

Step 2: Long press your screen and then click on Select All in the drop-down menu

Click on Select All

Click on Select All

Step 3: Go to the Home tab and click on Tools.

Go to the Home tab and click on Tools

Go to the Home tab and click on Tools

Step 4: Now, you can reset your font, color, text effect, etc.

All forms of editing available

All forms of editing available

Editing Excel in WPS

Step 1: Open your spreadsheet and click on Menu in the top left corner of your screen.

Click on Menu

Click on Menu

Step 2: Select Options, then Edit in the following drop-down menu. Now, you will move to the Edit setting interface, which you will use to edit.

 Click Options> Edit. Edit settings appear.

Click Options> Edit. Edit settings appear.

Step 3: Now, select After pressing Enter, move selection and now move to select option Right in Direction as shown above.

Step 4: Next, press Enter, and you will see the selected area moving.

Press enter, and now you can see the selected area for editing.

Press enter, and now you can see the selected area for editing.

Editing PPT in WPS.

Step 1: Click on the Insert tab.

Click on the insert tab

Click on the insert tab

Step 2: Press Textbox, and in the Drop down menu, click either of the options.

 Select the horizontal text box

Select the horizontal text box

Step 3: Select ‘Horizontal box’ and Long-press the left mouse button to the desired direction.

Long-press the left mouse button in the desired direction.

Long-press the left mouse button in the desired direction.

Step 4: Consider choosing Object Formatting to customise your text box.

 You can select Object Formatting

You can select Object Formatting

Remove animation in PowerPoint in WPS

There are 3 main options to remove animation in PowerPoint in WPS

Option 1: On opening your PowerPoint file, click Remove Animation on your screen's top left. A drop-down menu appears, and now choose the option you wish based on your desired needs. You can also click on More options to access more capabilities.

Choose either of the options above.

Choose either of the options above.

Option 2: On the custom Animation tab, you can click the Title option, and in the drop-down menu, click on Remove.

Click on Remove

Click on Remove

Option 3: A similar method can also remove animation from other office apps. However, the process is quick in the WPS Office.

A similar method is used to remove animation from other office apps.

A similar method is used to remove animation from other office apps.

I recommend you remove animation from PowerPoint template documents via WPS Office. It has 3 quick ways to do the tasks based on the user's needs.

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FAQs

Q1 How to add page numbers in PowerPoint?

Here are the steps to add slide numbers in PowerPoint:

Step 1: Click the View tab, then select Slide Master.

 Select view tab then Slide master

Select view tab then Slide master

Step 2: In the Slide Master view, go to the Parent slide (the giant slide on the left).

 Click on the parent slide.

Click on the parent slide.

Step 3:  On the Slide Master tab, select Master Layout.

On Slide Master tab, select Master Layout

On Slide Master tab, select Master Layout

Step 4: In the Master Layout dialog box, ensure Slide number is checked.

Ensure Slide Number is checked.

Ensure Slide Number is checked.

Step 5: Format and place the Slide number on the Parent Slide.

Place Slide number on Parent slide.

Place Slide number on Parent slide.

Step 6:  Click the Close Master View command on the Slide Master tab to return to Normal View.

Click on Close Master View to return to Normal View.

Click on Close Master View to return to Normal View.

Step 7:  In Normal View, go to the Insert tab and select the Slide Number command.

Click on Insert Tab then Slide Number

Click on Insert Tab then Slide Number

Step 8: In the Header and Footer dialog box, ensure Slide number is checked, and click Apply or Apply to All to add slide numbers.

Click Apply or Apply to All to complete.

Click Apply or Apply to All to complete.

Q2 How to remove sound from powerpoint animation?

Removing Sound Effects One by One from Each Slide:

Step 1: Click on a slide with a sound transition.

Click on any slide, move to the transition Tab and click on the Sound dropdown menu(Explosion)

Click on any slide, move to the transition Tab and click on the Sound dropdown menu(Explosion)

Step 2: Navigate to the TRANSITIONS tab and Click the Sound dropdown as shown above.

Step 4: Select "[No Sound]" to remove sound from the selected slide.

 Click No Sound

Click No Sound

Removing Sound Effects from All Slides at Once:

Under the Sound dropdown, click "Apply to All" to remove sound from all slides simultaneously.

Click Apply to All

Click Apply to All

Summary

This article provides a comprehensive guide on how to remove animations from PowerPoint presentations. It offers three distinct methods to cater to various needs. Excessive animations are discouraged due to their potential for distraction and unprofessional appearance. For free editing of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files, WPS Office is recommended, ensuring full compatibility across Windows and Mac platforms.


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