Animation Painter in Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Use Animation Painter in PowerPoint 2016 / 2019 Tutorial

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Animation Painter is a life-saver if you need to apply all the animations of an object to another object in the same presentation or in a different one. If you want to use PowerPoint to its maximum potential then you might need to work with a lot of objects on a single slide and each object having multiple animations. Look into the example below where almost all the objects in the presentation have the same Motion Path animations with the same Duration and Delay Timings.

PowerPoint 2016 / 2019
All the objects almost have Motion Path animations with the same Duration and Delay timings. Only on a few objects, an extra Spin animation has been applied.

But when I was about to create this Monkey On Meditation Presentation then I first applied the required animations on the Left Leg.

PowerPoint Monkey Animation
Left Leg object having all the required animation which will be replicated on the rest of the objects.

Now, to replicate the same animations on the rest of the objects:

  • Select Left Leg object and click on the Animation Painter once from the Animations tab.
PowerPoint Effects
Having Selection Pane open with help you to identify which object is selected
  • The last step is to click on the object on which you want to replicate the same animations of Left Leg. In this example, we will click on the Right Leg object.
How To Copy Effects in PowerPoint
Once you click on the next object after clicking the Animation Painter, all the animations will get immediately replicated.
  • Look at the above picture, where you will find that the same animations get replicated on the Right Leg and the Animation Painter button gets turned off automatically after that. You will also notice that the Brush icon is gone now. Remember, we clicked on the button once and that is why it will get turned off automatically after replicating the animations to the next object only.
  • You can also use the Selection Pane along with Animation Painter to quickly replicate animations to other objects on the presentation. Like, you can hide and show objects by clicking the Eye button in the Selection Pane and can have only those objects on the slide you want to replicate the animations to and from.
  • You also see an Auto Preview when you click on the next object using Animation Painter. Not only that will replicate the effects to the next object but will also show you a preview immediately. It is advisable to turn off Auto Preview by clicking on the Animations tab – then click on Preview drop-down button and uncheck Auto Preview option.
  • The next example will give you an idea that why you should turn off the Auto Preview while using Animation Painter.
How To Use Animation Painter Example
Need to replicate the animation of Picture 1 to rest of the 7 pictures
  • In the above presentation, we have one animation effect on Picture 1 and let’s say you want to replicate the same animation to the rest of the 7 pictures. In PowerPoint, you can Lock the Animation Painter by double-clicking on the Animation Painter button. That way, the button will get locked until you press the ESC key. So, what will be the advantage of locking the button and unchecking the Auto Preview?
Locked Painter
Clicking on Animation Painter button twice will make it lock until you press ESC key
  • Select Picture 1 and double-click on Animation Painter.
  • As the button will get locked, you can then start clicking on the rest of the pictures one by one to replicate the same effect.

As the duration of this animation is 2 seconds, so by turning off the Auto Preview, you don’t have to wait for the 2 seconds preview to end. You can continue to click on the rest of the pictures to copy the animation effects. Press the ESC key to unlock and turn off Animation Painter.

I hope you got The Teacher Point.

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The article How To Use Animation Painter also applies to the following versions:

  • PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, and PowerPoint 2010

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