How to Animate a Chart in Microsoft PowerPoint

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In Brief...

Animate the charts in your PowerPoint presentations to make them more dynamic and interesting to the audience. To animate a PowerPoint chart, follow these four simple steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the chart to animate.
    Select Chart

  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animation pane, select an entrance effect.
    Animations Pane

  3. Click Effect Options.
    Click Effect Options

  4. You will see options related to your choice of entrance effect, such as the direction and sequence in which your information will appear. Select the effect option(s) to apply.
    Effect Options

  5. Sequence

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.