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why is my animation tab dimmed and cant add animations

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why is my animation tab dimmed and can't add animations
Hi there happy to help.

Assuming you are talking about Power Point? What version?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


OK, have you added animations in this particular project in the past?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i have added animations to similar presentations but not this one

OK, close PP completely.

Restart your PC.

Open the PP file again and let me know results.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok in process



let me know,
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

did not work

animation ribbon still all gray

transitions, I have been able to do but not animations

OK, do you have slides selected?

Also please try to open a new file and see if this changes.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i have selected slides and still gray

but when open new and blank presentation and type just a word

the animation window becomes greeen

OK, do a file "save as" on the PP presentation.

Close PP and then open the new file you just saved.

Try again.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i figured it out myself

i just added a space to text and animation appeared

so your answer did not help this time

can i get a refund?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

wait the space only worked but now a slide i did not place showed up and is not in outline column

how do i get rid of that and where did it come from


Just select the slide and hit the delete key.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

the slide is hidden and only shows up on slide show????

It should show up on the list to the left when not in a slide show. Delete it there.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no , it's not there and it was not in slide show before????

i can't determine how to delete or where it came from

Reopen the presentation. IS it still there?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

yes it's still there

crazy huh


OK< how about the animation tab? Is that fixed?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

well when it got fixed, this slide popped up so not in my opinion

OK, in this side, right click and select "Reset Slide"

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I don't understand "in this side"

OK, what slide is this? The last slide of the show?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no the second slide

OK Save the project as a different name. Re-open and let me know if it is still there.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

saved under different name, closed, reopened and still there but only during slide show

is there a way to hide it from slide show/ it has nothing to do with presentation and have never seen it before

In the slide show tab there is an option to "hide slide" try this.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i don't see that

OK try this.....

In the Slide Show tab there is options.....

From Beginning, From Current Slide, and CUSTOM SHOW, select custom show.

Does this slide show up in this list? If so delete it.

Let me know,

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

ok on custom show it does not show the slide listed


so it's still there


i set up a short custom show with slide 1 and 2 (the real one)

but when played it the phantom slide showed up as well


this is killing me and i am almost out of time

Is the slide blank?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no it has some cartoon on it

it would be ok if blank

Can you send me this file? Upload it to Let me know the file ID #.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

do you mean email it to you

No, go to Upload the file and you will be given a file ID after the upload. I need this number to retrieve the file.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

did you get it



DID YOU FORGET ME???????????????????????????????????Undecided

OK, found it.....

Select your second slide. There is an animation listed on the right called "picture 3". Remove this, that's what the "extra slide" is.

Please don't forget to rate me and have a great day.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

IM SORRY but i dont see anything list on right of selected slide????


please can you call me


I fixed it and uploaded for you at wikisend.....

  • File ID: 521986


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