Adding Transitions To A PowerPoint Presentation

In the last lesson, we learnt how to format the text on our slides. In this lesson, we’re going to explore the use of transitions.

A PowerPoint presentation wouldn’t be the same without transitions. Slide transitions are motion effects that occur in Slide Show view when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation. You can control the speed, add sound, and even customise the properties of transition effects. Transitions will really spice your presentation up and will give it a slick professional look.

PowerPoint 2010 has got loads of transitions, and here is a demo of them all:

To add a transition to your presentation, first of all select the slide that you want to add the transition to. The transition will be displayed between the previous slide and the selected one. Now click the Transitions tab and and select a transition in the Transitions to This Slide group. There is a selection of transitions displayed in the ribbon, but if you want to see the whole set, click on the more button in the bottom right of the group.

More Transitions In PowerPoint 2010Clicking on the more button reveals a huge collection of transitions that you can use.

All Transitions In PowerPoint 2010
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To add a transition, just click on its image. When you add a transition, you get to see it played once.

The very first thumbnail image in the transitions gallery is for “None“, so you can probably guess that clicking on this will remove the transition. Similarly, to change the transition you just click on the new one you want to apply. There is nothing presenting us from using a different transition on each slide.

Any slide that has a transition will have a whooshing star displayed in the top left of the slide in the Slides panel.

Transition Symbol

You can click on this whooshing star to see the transition again. Another way to see transitions in action is to actually run the presentation. You can do this by pressing F5 on the keyboard or by clicking the Slide Show tab and clicking the most appropriate command in the Start Slide Show group.

In the next lesson, you’ll find out all the options available to you when running your slide show.