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If you have an animation in your PowerPoint presentation that’s moving just a little too slow (or too fast), you can adjust the speed of the animation to match your desired timing. Here’s how it’s done.

First, select the object in your slide that contains the animation. If you haven’t already assigned one to your object, you can do so by selecting one of the many options in the “Animation” group of the “Animations” tab. We’ll assign our image the “Grow & Turn” animation.

Grow and turn animation

By default, the duration of the animation is set to one second. You can check out a preview of the animation by selecting “Preview” in the far left of the “Animations” tab.

Preview option

Now that you’ve seen the animation, it’s time to adjust the speed. Still in the “Animations” tab, head over to the “Timing” group. Here, you’ll see the “Duration” option. As we mentioned, you’ll notice that it’s currently set for one second. Adjust the duration (by 0.25 second increments) by selecting the up and down arrows in the duration box. Alternatively, just type the amount of time in the box.

adjust the length of the animation

Now, when you play the animation, it will play out at the set duration.

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As a nice little aside, if you have multiple animations and have set them to start subsequently by selecting the “After Previous” start option, you can adjust the timing at which the next animation is executed. To do so, adjust the “Delay” option (00.00 by default) to the desired amount of time. This option is also adjusted at 0.25 second increments.

adjust delay


Once the first animation plays out, the following animation will begin in the set amount of time.

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