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Using animations in Prezi Present

Animations in Prezi allow you to enhance the viewer’s experience and bring your presentation to life. They're also a great way to make your information stand out and stay memorable. Animate away!

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Overview of animation sidebar

The animation sidebar shows a timeline of the animations you add. The animations sidebar view adjusts depending on where you are in your presentation's structure. This allows you to add separate sets of animations within your overview, topics, subtopics, and pages.

From the editor, click the Insert button at the top of your screen, then select Animation.

If using the desktop app, go to View > Animations to show the sidebar.


Adding animations

Animations allow you to zoom in to particular areas on your canvas or zoom back out to get an overall picture of the topic or subtopic. You can also add zoom animations to an object such as text or an image, or can add fade in and fade out animations to highlight specific information.

To add animations

1. Select the object or text where you’d like to add the animation. If you don’t select an object, you can still add a zoom area anywhere on your canvas.

2. Right-click (CTRL/CMD + click) and select Add animation (or click the Insert button at the top of your screen, then select Animation).


3. Click + and select the animation you’d like to add. You’ll see a preview of the animation before it appears in the sidebar.

4. To add additional animations, click + again.

Types of animations

There are a variety of animations to choose from in Prezi Present. Mixing multiple animations together brings your content to life and creates a cinematic effect when presenting.

Fade in and fade out

Fade-in animation is a great way to keep your audience focused on what you’re saying and moving with you because you control when the object or text appears or disappears. You can fade in or out of images, text, video, topics, and subtopics.


You can also select multiple items and add fade-in or fade-out for an even greater effect. To select multiple objects, hold the SHIFT key and drag your cursor over the items you want to select. You can also click on each object while holding the SHIFT key. You’ll see the objects you've selected outlined in blue.


Zooming allows you to highlight a specific area or give a greater perspective. You can use zoom with objects, text, and any area on your canvas.

Add zoom area

From the animations sidebar, click Add zoom area and a rectangle will appear. Resize it and place it to fit the area you’d like to include in the zoom.


Zoom out to overview, topic, or subtopic

Context is important to a good presentation. Sometimes your audience can get lost in the details and lose the bigger picture. To avoid this, try adding a zoom out to the overview, topic, or subtopic.

Note: You will only see the option to zoom out to your overview, topic, or subtopic after you add a zoom in animation.

Editing animations

Animations can be deleted or reordered at anytime using the animations sidebar.

Reviewing your animations

You can play your animations in the sidebar to see how they’ll appear during your presentation. Just click the play button in the animations sidebar to see a preview.

Reordering animations

Once you add an animation, you can change the order it appears. In your sidebar, click the animation you want to move, then drag and drop it to the desired position.

Deleting animations

To delete an animation, simply right-click (CTRL/CMD + click) on an animation in the sidebar and select "Remove animation". You will see the animation disappear from the sidebar.


Adding a custom starting point to an animation

  1. Navigate to the place in your canvas where you’d like your presentation to start.
  2. Click the Insert button at the top of your screen, then select Animation.
  3. Right-click (CMD/CTRL+click) on an animation.
  4. Select Set as starting point from the menu.

An icon will appear in the animations sidebar, and on your canvas, to show where the starting point was added.


Note: Learn more about adding a custom starting point with this article.
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