Keynote for iPad: Animate objects onto and off a slide in a Keynote presentation

Animate objects onto and off a slide in a Keynote presentation

To make your presentation more dynamic, you can animate the text and objects on a slide so they appear, disappear, or both. 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 type of 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 onto and off a slide

  1. On the slide, tap the object or text box you want to animate, then tap Animate.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Animate the object onto the slide: At the bottom of the screen, tap Add Build In.

    • Animate the object off the slide: At the bottom of the screen, tap Add Build Out.

  3. Choose an animation.

    A preview of the animation plays.

  4. Tap the Back button.

  5. To set animation options, such as the duration and direction, tap the animation at the bottom of the screen.

    The options you see depend on the animation.

    Build options include Duration, Delivery, and Start timing. Tap Change to choose a different build, or tap Preview to preview the build.
  6. Tap Done in the top-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 top-right corner.

A slide with three circles in the top-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. On the slide, tap a table, a chart, or a block of text, then tap Animate.

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

  3. Tap the Back button.

  4. Tap the build that you just added at the bottom of the screen, tap Delivery, then tap a delivery option.

    For example, you might choose By Paragraph Group if you want a list of bullets to appear one at a time, but have indented bullets appear at the same time as their top-level bullet.

    Delivery options in the Build In pane.
  5. To see a preview of the animation, tap the Back button, then tap the Preview button.

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

By default, each build is set to appear when you tap. That means if a pie chart has five wedges, you need to tap five times for the whole chart to be visible on the slide. To change the timing of these builds, see Change the order and timing of builds.

Remove an animation

  1. Tap the More button in the toolbar at the top of the screen, then tap Transitions and Builds.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Remove all animations from an object: Tap the object with the animation you want to remove, tap it again, then tap Delete Animation. Tap Done.

    • Remove a specific animation from an object: Tap the Build Order button in the toolbar at the top of the screen, swipe left on the animation you want to remove, then tap Delete. Tap Done.

To add the same animations to another object, tap the More button, then tap Transitions and Builds. Tap the object with the animations you want to copy, tap it again, then tap Copy Animation. Tap the object you want to add the animations to, tap it again, then tap Paste Animation.

To learn how to animate an object while it’s on the slide, see Animate objects on a slide.

Published Date: Apr 3, 2019
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