Change Line Color Animation Doesn't Work on a Shape With a Gradient Fill

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The Change Line Color (PowerPoint 2007) or Line Color (PowerPoint 2010 and later) emphasis animation isn't supported on shapes with gradient fills. However, it'll work in the following scenarios:

  • Change the gradient fill to a solid color.
  • Remove the line color altogether, then save the shape (with its gradient fill) as a picture. Replace the shape with the saved image, then apply the line color and animation.