A graph is a graphical representation that represents data or values in an organized manner. In PowerPoint, users would use graphs or charts to explain their data in detail so that their audience understands their presentation. In this tutorial, we will explain how to animate a line graph in PowerPoint.
How to make an Animated Line Graph in PowerPoint
To animate a line graph in PowerPoint, you need to open the slide, draw the Graph add the labels and then animate the graph as explained below. let us see this in detail.
Change the slide to a blank layout.
Change the background color of the slide.
Now, we are going to enable the grid lines on the line plus the ruler.
On the View tab, check the boxes for both the Gridlines and Ruler.
On the Home tab, choose the line shape in the Shape gallery, then draw the line horizontally on the grid.
Press Ctrl D to copy the line and place it vertically at the bottom of the previous line, forming an L shape.
Now, we are going to group the shapes.
Hold the Shift key to select the shapes.
Press Ctrl G or click the Arrange button on the Home tab and select Group from its menu.
The object is grouped.
Right-click the shape and select Format shape from the menu.
A Format Shape pane will appear on the right.
On the Fill and line tab, change the width to 4pt.
Change the Cap type to Round.
Change the Begin arrow type to Round.
Change the Begin arrow size to Arrow L size 5.
Close the Format shape pane.
On the Home tab, select the line shape from the shape gallery and draw it vertically on the L shape, like a point. See photo the above.
Right-click the line and select Format shape from the menu.
Change the Width of the shape to 4pt, then change the Cap type to Round.
Press Ctrl D to copy the line on place them on the gridlines surrounding the L shape.
Now we are going to draw the trendline.
On the Home tab, choose the line shape from the gallery, make some copies of the line shape, then draw a trendline toward your desired points on the graph. See the photo above.
Press the Shift + G keys to group the lines that form the trendline.
Select the trendline and right-click it, then select Format Shape from the menu.
On the Fill and line tab change the Color, Width, and Cap type of the trendline.
On the Home tab, click the Arrange button and select Send to back.
Select a triangle from the shape gallery and draw it at end of the trendline.
Open the Format Shape pane and Change the Color, Width, and Cap type of the arrow to the same as the lines.
Adding the labels
Now add the labels.
To add the labels, click the Home tab and select the text box from the shape gallery.
Draw the text box toward the pointing lines on the L shape.
Press Ctrl D to copy the text box and place it towards the pointer around the L shape. See the photo above.
Use the cursor to highlight all shapes apart from the graph.
Hold the Shift key to deselect the arrow and trendline shapes.
Press Ctrl + G key to group the shapes.
Animate the graph
Now we are going to animate the graph.
Select the graph, then go to the Animations tab and select Wheel in the Entrance group in the Animation gallery.
Change the Duration to 1.50.
Click the arrow shape and select Appear from the Animation gallery.
Select the trendline and select Appear from the Animation gallery.
Now drag the arrow to the point that you want the movement of the arrow to start.
Select the arrow, then click the Add Animation button and select Custom Path from the menu.
Now draw the Custom Paths animation on the trendline following the curves of the trendline.
Press Esc to end the Custom Paths animation drawing.
Set the Duration to 4.00 and the Start as With Previous.
Click the Preview button or the Slide Show button to see how the animation looks.
We hope you understand how to create an animated line graph in PowerPoint.
Can you animate a line being drawn in PowerPoint?
Yes, you can animate a line being drawn in PowerPoint. In Microsoft PowerPoint, there is an animation called Custom paths; these animations allow users to determine the directions or movements of the animation by drawing on an object.
READ: How to animate Text Color in PowerPoint
Can you animate a chart?
Yes, you can animate a chart. Charts in PowerPoint can be animated like objects, text, or SmartArt. If you want to add more than one animation to your chart, you should use the Add Animation feature. The Add Animation feature allows users to add animations to objects with existing animation.