Can you set the speed at which a Manipulate plays when the play button is clicked?


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AnimationRate is at least one way to do this, and it can be applied on a per-control basis:

Manipulate[x, {x, 0, 10, AnimationRate -> 1/10, Appearance -> "Open"}]

Manipulate[x, {x, 0, 10, AnimationRate -> 10, Appearance -> "Open"}]
  • $\begingroup$ I couldn't see this option in the online documentation for Manipulate - although it can be easy to miss things. If it isn't there I think it would be a good addition. $\endgroup$
    – cormullion
    May 16, 2012 at 6:20
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    $\begingroup$ What is the Appearance -> "Open" doing? $\endgroup$
    – a06e
    Jan 28, 2016 at 10:03
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    $\begingroup$ @becko It allows the play button to be visible without needing to first click the '+' next to the slider. $\endgroup$ Jan 28, 2016 at 15:27

I presume you are looking for AnimationRate.
Also, if you want smooth motion you should consider RefreshRate.

 Plot[Sin[x + a], {x, 0, 5 Pi}],
 {a, 0, 2 Pi, ControlType -> Animator, AnimationRate -> 1, RefreshRate -> 60}

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