How to Hide an Object Before Animation in Powerpoint

By Shawn McClain

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 allows you to create individual slides and present them in a slide show. Each slide can contain a number of objects, including images, tables, SmartArt or shapes, which you can then animate so that they move around the screen while the slide is on the screen. Sometimes, one object may interfere with the animation of another object. To get around this issue, you will have to have the first object fade out before the animation for the second object begins.

Step 1

Open the Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 presentation that you want to work with. Select the slide that contains the object you want to hide from the list of slides on the left side of the PowerPoint window.

Step 2

Click on the object that you want to hide before the animation plays.

Step 3

Click the "Animations" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Add Animation" button on the ribbon. Select any of the animations under the Exit heading, as these will all result in the object disappearing.

Step 4

Select the "Move Earlier" button in the Reorder Animation area of the ribbon. This will move your exit animation before your other animation on the screen. You will see a "1" appear next to the new object, and a "2" appear next to the old animated object.

Step 5

Click on the "2" to select the old animation. Click the drop-down menu next to Start in the Timing area of the ribbon. Choose "After Previous" from the menu. Your animation will now automatically play as soon as the object becomes hidden.