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A few years ago (more than I care to recall) I wrote this article on Experts Exchange explaining how you could loop animations on a single slide within PowerPoint. I recently received an email from Yahoo informing me I wasn’t using their email app and within the email was this animated GIF:

With a drop of curiosity and a cup of coffee I wondered how close I could get to that effect in PowerPoint. It turns out, much better!


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I’ve put the original GIF, PowerPoint animated slide and instructions all in one handy file so you can see how to achieve this effect for yourself.

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How it was made, 100% in PowerPoint

  1. Four copies of the original static frame were made and each one was then Cropped to the edges of each of the 4 icon pictures
  2. Four animation Emphasis effects were added to the first icon picture:
    • Spin 6° anticlockwise in 0.1s, after previous
    • Spin 12° clockwise in 0.1s, after previous
    • Spin 12° anticlockwise in 0.1s, after previous
    • Spin 6° clockwise in 0.1s, after previous
  3. The Animation Painter was used to apply the above 4 animations to the other 3 icons, making a total animation time of 1.6s
  4. A silent sound file of ~2s was recorded using Insert / Audio / Record Audio
  5. The audio file was trimmed to 1.6s, a single Bookmark added at t=0 and the audio set to Loop until stopped
  6. The 16 animation effects were set to be Triggered on the bookmark