How to animate each Element in a Chart in PowerPoint

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If you add a chart/graph to PowerPoint and mark an individual element in it and then choose an animation, PowerPoint will animate the complete chart/graph by default. This is not always the intended solution. Thus, I shortly describe here how you can solve this problem and animate each element, category or several elements individually. For a more visual representation check out the video below.

Step-by-Step guide on how to animate individual elements in a graph/chart in PowerPoint

  1. Add a chart/graph, select the proper symbol on the “Format” tab in the toolbar.
  2. Select the chart/graph on the slide.
  3. Select the “Animations” tab in the tool bar and select the animation you want to use.
  4. Now by default PowerPoint will animate the whole chart/graph, thus all elements will appear at once. To change this behavior click on “Effect Options” (on the right side of the different listed animations) to the option of your prefer:
    1. “As One Object”(selected by default)
    2. “By Series”
    3. “By Category”
    4. “By Element in Series”
    5. “By Element in Category”. This option will guarantee that each element will get an animation.

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HowTo-Video: How to animate each Element in a Chart/Graph in PowerPoint

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