Use the Morph transition in PowerPoint

Applies to: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint for the web, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for iPad, PowerPoint for iPhone, PowerPoint for Android tablets, PowerPoint for Android phones, PowerPoint Mobile.

The Morph transition helps you to animate seamless movement from one slide to the next. This video outlines the concept and how to use the Morph transition, in the space of 90 seconds.

You can relay the Morph transition to slides to design the appearance of movement in a broad variety of elements—text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt graphics, and WordArt. However, charts don’t morph. 

Note: Morph is available if you have an Office 365 subscription or are using PowerPoint 2019. For Office 365 subscribers using PowerPoint for the web, Morph is available when you are using files stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.

Setting up a Morph transition

To fully optimise the Morph transition, you must have two slides with a minimum of one consistent object; the simplest way is to copy the slide and then rearrange the object’s location on the second slide to another area, or duplicate and paste the object from one slide and replicate it to the following one. Then, set the Morph transition to the second slide to visualise what Morph can do to intuitively animate and move your object. Here’s how:

Windows – Newer versions

Add slide transitions to bring your presentation to life

  1. Within the thumbnail found on the left-hand side, choose your desired slide to set a transition to.
  1. On the Transitions tab, click Morph.
Shows the Morph transition on the Transitions menu in PowerPoint 2016

Note: In PowerPoint for Android, click Transitions > Transition Effects > Morph.

  1. Pick Transitions > Effect Options to confirm your preferred nature of the transition.
Shows transition effect options for the Morph transition in PowerPoint 2016

You can shuffle objects around on the slide, edit colours, rearrange words and characters, and even more.

  1. Pick Preview to watch the Morph transition take form.
Preview button on the Transitions tab

Here’s an example of how the Morph transition can smoothly animate objects throughout slides.

This is the original slide:

Shows a slide before the Morph transition has been applied

This is the second slide with the same objects after the Morph transition has been integrated. The planets shifted without manually setting separate motion paths or animations to them.

Shows a slide after the Morph transition has been applied

Requirements

To create Morph transitions, you must have PowerPoint for the web, PowerPoint 2019 or PowerPoint for Office 365. Other versions of PowerPoint (as listed below) can play Morph transitions but don’t support designing them. We encourage you to get an Office 365 subscription to stay up to date with the latest Office features, including Morph.

PowerPoint versionWhat you can do with Morph
PowerPoint for Office 365, version 1511 or newer

PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, version 15.19 or newer
Produce and play Morph transitions.
PowerPoint 2019

PowerPoint 2019 for Mac
Design and play Morph transitions.

PowerPoint 2016, installed with Click-to-Run1

Version 1511 (Build 16.0.4358.1000) or newer
Run Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2016, installed with Microsoft Installer1 (MSI)

Build 16.0.4358.1000 or newer, with Office updates installed2
Play Morph transitions

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

PowerPoint 2013

PowerPoint for Mac 2011

PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2007
Play a Fade transition rather than a Morph transition.
PowerPoint for the web

Make and play Morph transitions.

PowerPoint for Android

PowerPoint for iOS

PowerPoint Mobile for Windows
Design and play Morph transitions.

An Office 365 subscription is essential for creating a Morph in these mobile apps.

1 Read Is my Office Click-to-Run or MSI-based? below.

2 The following Office updates are required for installation. Without them, PowerPoint 2016 will play a Fade transition instead of a Morph transition.

Is my Office Click-to-Run or MSI-based?

  1. Go into an Office application, like Outlook or Word.
  1. Select File > Account or Office Account.
  1. If you see an “Update Options” item, you own a Click-to-Run installation. Conversely, if you don’t notice the “Update Options” item, you have an MSI-based install.
CTR vs MSI

If you’ve applied Magic Move in Keynote, you’ll discover that Morph can perform similar functions.

See Also

Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

Morph Transition: Tips and Tricks

Video training: Apply transitions between slides

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