Thursday, October 29, 2009

How to pause animation in PowerPoint

If you have a long animation looping animation that you want to be able to pause and then resume, there's an easy way to do so with the keyboard. Press the 1 key, which puts you in the mode where you can type in a slide number to jump to. In this mode, all animation is paused. To get out of this mode without jumping to another slide press the ~ key.

There are lots of keyboard shortcuts in Powerpoint; press F1 to get a list. Note that one of them is listed as "pause" (S key or + key) but this doesn't actually seem to work in all the situations that the trick described above does.

Tested an known to work in PPT 2003.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is 3? yrs after the fact, but thanks so much for this tip! It's exactly what I needed.

Anonymous said...

Fab! Thanks for the information - I was having loads of trouble with this - now solved.

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Great tip. I needed this for for an enhanced on-line version of a book. Thanks

vinay narayane said...

Hey, thanks a lot :) This helped a lot!

Anonymous said...

THANKS! This really really helps me out.

Renuke Mendis said...

On Powerpoint Presentations, with animations...

Press "1" to Pause
Press "!" to Continue (! is shift+1 key)

Renuke Mendis said...
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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much..

Tom Owsiak said...

That's pretty good. Thank you. Clicking shift + ! makes a loud noise, though. Can that be turned off? Thanks.

Alan Robinson said...

Huh. Doesn't happen for me. Maybe if you look at the sounds control panel there might be a "sudden stop" event you could make silent?

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