Keynote for Mac: 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, click to select the object or text box you want to animate.

  2. In the Animate  sidebar, do any of the following:

    • Animate the object onto the slide: Click the Build In tab.

    • Animate the object off the slide: Click the Build Out tab.

  3. Click Add an Effect, then choose an animation.

    A preview of the animation plays. To change the animation, click the Change button.

  4. To set animation options, such as the duration and direction of the animation, use the controls in the sidebar.

    Build in options in the Animate section of the sidebar.

    The options you see depend on the animation. When there’s more than one build in or build out animation, you can set the order in which they play.

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. Select a table, chart, or block of text (for example, a list or text with some paragraphs).

  2. Click Animate in the toolbar.

  3. Click Add an Effect, then choose an animation.

  4. Click the Delivery pop-up menu, then choose how you want the object to build.

    For example, you might choose By Bullet 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.

  5. To change the order in which the bullets or paragraphs appear, click the pop-up menus next to “Build from,” then choose a bullet or paragraph to start and end with.

  6. To see a preview of the animation, click Preview.

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

Remove an animation

  1. On the slide, click to select the object with the animation you want to remove.

  2. In the Animate  sidebar, do any of the following:

    • Remove all Build In, Build Out, or Action animations from an object: Click the Build In, Build Out, or Action tab at the top of the sidebar. Click Change, then choose None.

    • Remove a specific animation from an object: Click Build Order at the bottom of the sidebar. In the Build Order window, click to select the build you want to remove, then press Delete on your keyboard.

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

Published Date: Jun 27, 2019
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