How to Arrange the Timing of Picture's Appearance in a PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

PowerPoint animations can follow a set schedule.
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The simplest PowerPoint slide contains static content, including pictures and text. A more complicated presentation adds pictures to slides when you click the mouse. But a presentation that's more complicated still sets pictures to appear at specific times, letting the slide's effects run automatically, as though in a Flash animation. Arranging the timing of a picture's appearance in advance lets the slide load without your input, leaving you free to narrate the presentation to your customers or clients.

Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide where the picture will appear. Click the picture to select it.

Click "Add Animation" in the ribbon's Animation tab to open a drop-down menu.

Click "Appear" in the menu's Entrance section.

Click "Animation Pane" in the ribbon to open the Animation Pane.

Double-click the entrance effect in the Animation Pane to open the Appear dialog box.

Click the box's "Timing" tab.

Click the "Start" drop-down box and click "With Previous" in the drop-down menu.

Type the time at which the picture must appear in the "Delay" box. For example, to set the picture to appear after 10 seconds, type "10" into the box.

Click "OK."