How to Hide an Object Before Animation in PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

Hide objects until necessary to heighten audience anticipation.
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When you apply an entrance animation effect to a business presentation, PowerPoint hides the selected object until the animation runs. With other animation effects, the object remains visible beforehand, which may act contrary to your goals. For example, if you use the "pulse" animation to introduce a product photo to the slide, you must take an additional step to convert this emphasis effect to an entrance effect. You can hide the object before the animation by combining the animation with an "appear" effect.

Open your PowerPoint presentation. Click "Animations" in the PowerPoint ribbon and click "Animation Pane" in the Advanced Animation group.

Click your object and click "Add Animation" in the Advanced Animation group.

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

Click the "Appear" effect in the Animation Pane and drag it above the object's original animation.

Click your original animation effect in the Animation Pane and click the "Start" drop-down box in the ribbon's Timing group. Click "With Previous" in the drop-down menu.