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Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint

In Office 365 the Morph transition allows you to animate smooth movement from one slide to the next.

You can apply the Morph transition to slides to create the appearance of movement in a wide range of things—text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt graphics, WordArt, and charts.

How to set up a Morph transition

To use the Morph transition effectively, you’ll need to have two slides with at least one object in common—the easiest way is to duplicate the slide (Ctrl + D) and then move the object(s) on the second slide to a different place, or copy and paste the object from one slide and add it to the next. Then, apply the Morph transition to the second slide to see what Morph can do to automatically animate and move your object. Here’s how:

In the Thumbnail pane on the left side, click the slide that you want to apply a transition to, which should be the second slide you added the object, picture, or words you’d like to apply the morph effect to.

On the Transitions tab, select Morph.

You can move objects around on the slide, change colours, move words and characters around, and much more.

Morph in Microsoft PowerPoint

Take control over which objects morph

The new features described under this “Take control” section are only available as follows:

PowerPoint for Windows: Version 1903, Build 11331.10000 or higher

PowerPoint for macOS: Version 16.23.19030300 or higher

PowerPoint for iOS and PowerPoint Mobile

Morph now gives you more control over which objects do and don’t Morph. The custom naming scheme lets you match two objects on successive slides and force one to morph into the other.

The naming scheme is simply to begin an object name with !! (two exclamation points) and to assign the same custom name to the two objects. Use the Selection pane, as described in the next section, to change an object’s name.

For example, you can put a circle named !!Shape1 on Slide 7 and a square named !!Shape1 on Slide 8. Then, by assigning a Morph transition to Slide 8, the circle will morph into the square in the transition from one slide to the next.

To rename objects by using the Selection Pane
(On Windows) On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select > Selection Pane.

Click a name in the list to select the object. Click it a second time to make the name editable.
The Selection Pane opens on the right side. It shows a list of all the objects on the current slide. Most default names consist of a descriptive word and a numeral, such as Title 1.

Press Ctrl+A to select the entire name. Type !! followed by whatever else you want to include in the name, such as !!ShapeForMorph.