Keynote for iPad: Animate objects in a Keynote presentation

Animate objects in a Keynote presentation

To make your presentation more dynamic, you can animate the text and objects on a slide. For example, you can make text appear on the slide one bullet point at a time, or make an image of a ball bounce onto the slide.

Object animations are called build effects. Different build effects can be applied depending on whether the object is a text box, chart, table, shape, or media (photo, audio, or video).

Moving an object onto a slide is building in. Moving an object off a slide is building out.

Animate an object

  1. Tap an object, then tap Animate.

  2. Tap Build In to move the object onto the slide, or tap Build Out to move the object off the slide.

    You can apply both types of builds to an object.

    Build indicator pop-up.
  3. Tap the build effect you want; scroll to see them all.

  4. To preview the build effect, tap Play at the top of the list.

  5. To set the duration, direction, and other settings, tap Options below the Build In or Build Out list, then use the controls to make changes.

  6. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.

To see at a glance which slides have object builds, tap the More button, then tap Transitions and Builds. In the slide navigator, any slide with an object build has three circles in the upper-right corner.

A slide with three circles in the upper-right corner indicating that the slide has builds.

Build objects one piece at a time

You can have tables, charts, lists, or blocks of text appear on a slide all at once or piece-by-piece. For example, you can have a pie chart appear one wedge at a time or a list appear one item at a time. You can also have these items exit a slide as a whole or piece-by-piece.

  1. Tap a table, a chart, or a block of text, then tap Animate.

  2. Tap the Build In or Build Out button, then tap the effect you want.

  3. Tap Delivery below the list of effects, then tap a delivery option.

    Delivery options in the Build In pane.
  4. Tap Done.

Change the order and timing of builds

You can change the order in which the builds appear for all animated objects on a slide, and specify when they appear in relation to each other (for example, they may appear simultaneously or one after the other).

You have a lot of flexibility in how you order your builds. For example, you can have all the builds for one object play before the builds for another object begin. Or you can interleave the builds, so the builds for one object take turns appearing with the builds for another object.

  1. Tap the More button, then tap Transitions and Builds.

  2. Tap an object with an effect.

  3. Tap an effect, then tap Order below the list of effects.

  4. Touch and hold an effect, then drag it to a new position.

    The Build Order list showing build in effects with yellow badges and build out effects with gray badges.
  5. To change when an effect plays, swipe right over the effect until you see the setting you want.

    • After Transition: The effect plays after the slide transition.

    • On Tap: The effect plays when you tap.

    • With Previous: The effect plays at the same time as the effect before it.

    • After Previous: The effect plays after the previous effect finishes.

    Only the relevant options for an effect appear. For example, After Transition appears only for the first effect.

    You can also adjust these settings by tapping Options and scrolling down until you see the settings.

  6. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Remove an animation

  1. Tap an object with the effect you want to remove, tap Build In or Build Out, then tap None.

  2. Tap Done in the upper-right corner of the screen.

If you imported your presentation from a desktop version of Keynote, your build order may also contain action builds, which move objects around on slides and are denoted by blue order numbers. You can reorder, delete, or adjust the start settings of action builds from within the build order.

Published Date: Nov 13, 2018
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