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You can assign multiple motion paths to a single object in PowerPoint, but if you don’t combine them, the object will reset to its original position before executing the next animation. Combine the motion paths for a smooth, seamless transition.

Assigning and Combining Motion Paths

Let’s assume you have an object that you want to bounce to the left, then drop down a bit into its final position. You can assign a single object with multiple motion paths, but if you don’t combine the motion paths then you’ll end up with something like this:

As you can see, the motion path goes from A > B then A > C instead of the intended A > B > C. Obviously that’s not what we wanted to do. The fix is as simple as clicking and dragging, but before we get into combining motion paths, you first need to assign the animations to our object.

First, select the object to which you will assign multiple motion paths.

Select image

Next, head over to the “Animations” tab and click the “Add Animation” button.

add animations tab

A menu will appear showing a large library of animations. Scroll to the very bottom to find the “Motion Paths” group. If you find the one you want to use here, great! If not, you can select “More Motion Paths” to browse through many more. We’ll go ahead and click that in this example.

select more motion paths

In this example, we’re going to be using the “Bounce Left” option, found in the “Lines_Curves” group. Once selected, click “OK.”

Select Bounce Left

You may notice the path doesn’t go exactly where you’d like it to go. To position the path, simply grab the box and drag.

Now, head over to the “Animations” tab. Select the arrow next to “Start” to show the menu, then select “After Previous.”

after previous

Repeat the previous steps to add the second motion path. This time, we’ll add “Down” which you’ll also find in the “Lines_Curves” group.

Select down path

Now that our motion paths are assigned, we need to select the second motion path and drag the green arrow over the red arrow of the first. After that, drag the red dot of the second motion path to the final destination of the animation.

Once you’re finished, go ahead and preview the slide show to make sure it works properly. To quickly view the presentation starting at the current slide, press Shift+F5. Otherwise, head to the “Slide Show” tab and select either “From Beginning” or “From Current Slide,” whichever you’d prefer.

Start Slideshow

Finally, you should have something that looks like this:

You’ve now successfully combined motion paths to make one smooth, seamless animation.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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