Make the Most of PowerPoint's Slide Transition Options

Slide transitions are finishing touches that can be added last

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Slide transitions in PowerPoint and other presentation software are the visual movements as one slide changes to another during a presentation. They add to the professional appearance of the slideshow in general and can draw attention to specific important slides.

Many different slide transitions are available in PowerPoint, including Morph, Fade, Wipe, Peel Off, Page Curl, Dissolve and many others. However, using several transitions in the same presentation is a newbie mistake. It is best to select one or two transitions that don't detract from the presentation and use them throughout. If you want to use one spectacular transition on a single important slide, go ahead, but it is more important that your audience sees the slide content than admires the transition.

Slide transitions are finishing touches that can be added after the slideshow is complete. Transitions differ from animations, in that animations are the movements of the objects on the slides.

How to Apply a Transition in PowerPoint

A slide transition affects how one slide exits the screen and how the next one enters it. So, if you apply a Fade transition, for example, between slides 2 and 3, slide 2 fades out and slide 3 fades in.

  1. In your PowerPoint presentation, select View > Normal, if you aren't already in Normal mode.
  2. Select any slide thumbnail in the left panel.
  3. Click on the Transitions tab.
  4. Click on any of the transition thumbnails at the top of the screen to see a preview of it in use with the selected slide.
  5. After you select a transition you like, enter a time in seconds in the Duration field. This controls how fast the transition occurs; a larger number makes it go slower. From the ​Sound drop-down menu, add a sound effect if you want one.
  6. Specify whether the transition commences either on your mouse click or after a specific amount of time passes.
  7. To apply the same transition and settings to every slide, click Apply to All. Otherwise, select a different slide and repeat this process to apply a different transition to it.

Preview the slideshow when you have all the transitions applied. If any of the transitions seem distracting or busy, it is best to replace them with transitions that don't distract from your presentation.

How to Remove a Transition

Removing a slide transition is simple. Select the slide from the left panel, go to the Transitions tab and choose the None thumbnail from the row of available transitions.