Animate objects in Keynote on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac

Emphasise your words and objects with animations, including rotate, blink and more. You can even move things around the slide for a unique visual impact.

Animate objects in Keynote for iPhone and iPad

Emphasise an object or text with an animation, or create a motion path to make your object or text move across the slide.

Animate an object

  1. Tap the object you want to animate, then tap Animate in the menu that appears.
  2. Tap Add Action, then choose an animation.
  3. Tap Done in the top right-hand corner. You can customise an animation at any time.

Create a motion path

Draw a motion path with Apple Pencil (on supported devices) or with your finger.

  1. Tap the object you want to animate, then tap Animate in the menu that appears.
  2. Tap Add Action, then tap Create Path.
  3. Drag the object across the slide to create the motion path. By default, the path will curve . To create a path with straight lines, tap the Straight Line button . If you want to redraw the path, tap Clear, then draw the path again.
  4. After you've finished drawing the path, tap Done at the bottom of the screen, then tap Done in the top right-hand corner. You can edit the path at any time. 

Edit a motion path

  1. Tap the object, then tap Animate in the menu that appears.
  2. Tap Motion Path, then do any of the following:
    • To change where it starts or ends, drag the opaque object to where you want the path to begin, or drag the transparent object to where you want the path to end.
    • To move points in the path, tap the path, then drag any red or white dot.
    • To redraw the path, tap the object, tap Redraw Path in the menu that appears, then drag the object across the slide to create the motion path.
    • To remove a point, tap the path, tap a point, then tap Delete Point in the menu that appears.
    • To make a point in the path curved or straight, tap the path, tap a red or white point, then tap Make Sharp Point or Make Smooth Point.
    • To split the path into separate builds, tap the path, tap the point where you want the path to split, then tap Split Path.
    • To make the object pivot to match the curve of the motion path as it moves, turn on Align to Path. With Align to Path turned on, you can also use the Rotation slider to adjust the object's initial alignment to the movement path.
  3. After you've finished editing the path, tap Done in the top right-hand corner. 

Customise an animation

To change the duration of an animation and other settings, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the object, then tap Animate in the menu that appears.
  2. Tap Action, tap the animation you want to customise, then make adjustments. To preview the animation, tap the Play button 
  3. After you've customised your animation, tap Done in the top right-hand corner.

Arrange and remove builds

To change when an animation starts, change the build order.

  1. Tap the More button , then tap Animate.
  2. Tap the Build Order button  in the top right-hand corner, then make adjustments:

    • To change the order of animations, touch and hold a build, then drag it to a new position.
    • To change when an animation starts, tap a build, then use the Start and Delay options.
    • To delete a build, swipe left on a build, then tap Delete.
  3. Tap Done in the top right-hand corner.


Animate objects in Keynote for Mac

Emphasise an object or text with an animation, or create a motion path to make your object or text move across the slide.

Animate an object

  1. Select the object you want to animate. 
  2. Click the Animate button  in the top right-hand corner, then click the Action tab. 
  3. Click Add an Effect, then choose an effect. You can customise an animation at any time.
    Keynote document window with the Animate inspector open to the Action tab and

Create a motion path

  1. Select the object you want to animate. 
  2. Click the Animate button  in the top right-hand corner, then click the Action tab.
  3. Click Add an Effect, then choose Move.
    Keynote document window with the Animate inspector open to the Action tab Move options
  4. Drag the opaque object to where you want the movement to begin, then drag the transparent object to where you want the movement to end. To add curves to the path, drag the white dots along the line. You can edit the path at any time.

Edit a motion path

  1. Select the object.
  2. Click the red diamond  that appears under the object, then do any of the following:
    • To change the animation's path, drag the opaque or transparent objects somewhere else on the slide, or drag any red or white dot.
    • To change the path’s curve or angles, Control-click on any point in the path and choose Make Sharp Point, Make Smooth Point or Make Bézier Point. 
    • To remove a point, Control-click on any point in the path, then click Delete.
    • To change other settings, such as timing and acceleration, use the options in the Action tab.
    • To make the object pivot to match the curve of the path as it moves, click "Align to path" in the Action tab.

Customise an animation

To change the duration of an animation and other settings, follow these steps:

  1. Select the object. 
  2. Click the Animate button  in the top right-hand corner, then click the Action tab. 
  3. To change the duration and other settings, use the options in the Action tab.

Arrange and remove builds

If you want to change when an animation starts, find out how to change the build order.

  1. Click the Animate button  in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Click the Build Order button in the bottom right-hand corner to show the Build Order window, then make your adjustments:
    • To change the order of animations, drag a build to a new position.
    • To change when a build starts, select a build, then use the Start and Delay options.
    • To delete a build, select a build, then press the Delete key.
  3. Click the Close button .

If you want to change when an animation starts, find out how to change the build order.

  1. Click the Animate button  in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Click the Build Order button in the bottom right-hand corner to show the Build Order window, then make your adjustments:
    Keynote Build Order window
    • To change the order of animations, drag a build to a new position.
    • To change when a build starts, select a build, then use the Start and Delay options.
    • To delete a build, select a build, then press the Delete key.
  3. Click the Close button .
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