Grow/Shrink Animations – PowerPoint 2007

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 11 comments

Grow/shrink animations in PowerPoint can be used to increase or decrease the size of an object during a slide show, which can be put to a number of different uses. Grow animations can be used to emphasise one company outperforming another, or to show changes of growth in bar charts.

This Grow/Shrink animations PowerPoint tutorial demonstrates how to use grow/shrink animations and offers examples for some of the applications, with tips to maximise the animation’s impact.

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11 Comments to Grow/Shrink Animations – PowerPoint 2007

  1. #1

    Derek Hullinger

    10:18 pm, August 26th, 2011

    I sure appreciate the pointer on how to get an object to grow just in the “up” direction by grouping an invisible object underneath it! Very slick!

  2. #2

    Jessica Pyne

    12:48 pm, August 30th, 2011

    Glad you found it useful, Derek! If there’s anything else you’d like to see, please let us know – we welcome suggestions!

  3. #3


    1:24 am, April 2nd, 2012

    awesome! Thanks

  4. #4

    Jessica Pyne

    12:25 pm, April 4th, 2012

    You’re welcome, Fiona.

  5. #5

    David Doria

    9:28 pm, April 12th, 2012


    The trick with the invisible box is nice, but it doesn’t seem to work with very large scaling. I made each box .1″, then scaled the group 1000%. The edge does not stay exactly aligned with where it started. Can you reproduce this? Is there anything that can be done to fix it?



  6. #6

    Jessica Pyne

    11:16 am, April 19th, 2012

    Hi David, I have discussed this with our designers and it seems that this is a known PowerPoint bug that comes into play when you scale things by large margins. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a set fix and you just have to adjust it manually by eye. Sorry we can’t be of more help – hopefully this is something Microsoft will address soon!

  7. #7


    7:58 pm, April 13th, 2013

    Good job – thnks!

  8. #8

    Harry Wilson

    3:37 pm, April 16th, 2013

    You’re Welcome!

  9. #9

    Harry Wilson

    3:38 pm, April 16th, 2013

    Thanks Peter!

  10. #10

    3:45 pm, June 7th, 2013

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was practical. Keep on posting!

  11. #11

    Jessica Pyne

    11:17 am, June 10th, 2013

    Hi erpsafety, glad you found the tutorial useful!