How to Remove Animation from PowerPoint (Fast and Easy!)

When we discuss animation in our Microsoft PowerPoint training, everyone seems energized and more engaged. Animation is fun, it lets you personalize your presentation and be creative but you want to use animations sparingly.

Animations can add visual interest to a PowerPoint presentation but, if animation effects are overused, they can be a distraction and look tacky!

Overwhelmed by too many animations in PowerPoint
Overwhelmed by animated effects

If you have a slide show that you’re basically happy with but there’s just too much going on, you can disable or remove animations in PowerPoint.

In this article, we’ll tell you how to remove animation from PowerPoint.

Use the Show Without Animation Setting

You can temporarily disable animations in PowerPoint by using the Show without animation setting. This method is useful because you can easily disable or re-enable all of the animations in a PowerPoint presentation at the same time.

To disable animations for an entire slide show:

  1. Click the Set Up Slide Show button on the Slide Show tab in the Setup group.
  2. Click to select Show without animation then click OK.
The Set up Show dialog box

Remove Animations from a PowerPoint Slide

You can easily remove animations from a PowerPoint slide but you should be aware that these steps modify the presentation.

If there is a chance you’ll want to restore the animations in the future, you might want to work with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

You can remove a single animation effect or all animations from a PowerPoint slide.

Remove a Single Effect with the Animation Pane

To remove a single animation effect:

  1. Click Animation Pane on the Animations tab in the Advanced Animations group.
  2. Click the animated object on the slide you’d like to remove the effect from.
    The effects applied to the object are highlighted in the Animation Pane.
  3. In the Animation Pane, click the down-arrow for the effect, and select Remove.
Removing an animation effect
Removing an animation effect

Repeat this process for each animation effect you’d like to remove.

Remove All Animations from a PowerPoint Slide

To remove all animations from a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Click an object on the current slide then press Ctrl + A.
    All objects on the slide are selected.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animation group, click None.
    All animations are removed for the current slide.
The Animations tab
The Animations tab

Repeat this process to remove all animation from additional slides.

Too Many Animations Can Be Distracting

If you overuse animation in Microsoft PowerPoint, it can detract from your message. Use animation to add visual interest to a slide in your presentation but know when to stop.

If you’re concerned that you’ve overused animations in your presentation, use the techniques outlined in this article to scale back your use of animations in your slide deck.

By Michael Belfry

Working as a full-time training consultant, Michael provides Microsoft Office courses to government and private sector clients across Canada.