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Using Slide Transitions

A slide transition is an animation effect that can be applied to a slide. This provides a visual effect when the slide is changed and can be used when creating a slide show to run on its own with timings.

Just as with standard and custom animations, you should be careful not to overdo slide transitions to the point that it distracts the audience.

Adding a slide transition

  1. Select the slide you want to apply the transition to (if you are applying the transition to all slides, as is quite common, you can ignore this step)
  2. Click Slide Show > Slide Transition
  3. The Slide Transition Task Pane is displayed

  4. Select a transition effect from the list
  5. Slide transition task pane

    The transition is applied to the selected slide and the transition icon will appear underneath the slide thumbnail

    Slide transition icon underneath slide

  6. Click the Apply to All Slides button to apply the effect to all the slides of the presentation

Modify slide transition effects

A slide transition's speed, sound and the method of advancing the slides in slide show view can all be modified.

  • Transition Speed: Click the list arrow of the Speed box and select the required speed from the list that appears
  • Transition Sound: Click the list arrow of the Sound box and select the sound you want from the list that appears
  • Advance Slide: Select how to control when the next slide appears on screen by checking either the On Mouse Click or Automatically After boxes and entering a time
  • Click the Apply to All Slides button if you want to apply the modifications to all slides

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