Part of the charm of PowerPoint is the ability to show charts, charts, SmartArt, and shapes in motion. However, in many cases, displaying an object before the animation will be against the goals you set for your presentation. If you are creating a PowerPoint with lots of animations, you should keep the screen clean by hiding an object before following the defined animation track.
For example, suppose you are showing a map and want to use multicolored tags to locate hospitals, hotels, and schools in a particular area. If you have a chart or picture that you want to talk about before it's displayed, you can hide the item until you click it to make it appear so it will not be distracted while talking. If you hide the hospital pins before uncovering the hotel pins, the screen may be less confusing to your viewers. Venn diagrams are another excellent example of an object that often has to appear piece by piece in a logical order without sneak peeks.
Hiding Objects from Animation
Fortunately, hiding an object from the animation in PowerPoint is pretty straightforward. Make sure that you have selected the objects you want to use, and know the animation track that you want to follow before you start creating the presentation. This is how it works:
Open your PowerPoint presentation. In the slide menu on the left side of the PowerPoint window, select the slide in which you want to work.
Place your objects on the slide on which they are to be displayed, and adjust them accordingly. In this example, we use the position pins as pictures to be animated.
Click on the object you want to hide before the animation. Go to the "Animations" tab and select the desired animation effect. To make sure an object disappears before it starts its animation, choose one of the "Entrance" animations – Appear, Fade, Fly In, and so on. In this example we use "Appear."
Next, select the "Start" option you want to use from the drop-down list in the "Timing" section. In this example, each location pin will be displayed when we click the left mouse button. However, you can also choose From Previous or After, depending on how you want to tailor the animations to the timing
Repeat these steps for as many objects as you did before the animation and you're done. The finished product should look something like this:
As you can see, the process is clean and simple. Simply select an in-feed animation as the first animation on the animation track of an object to make sure that an object does not appear during the presentation until the animation calls it.