Using Transitions

Using Transitions


PowerPoint 2007 Views Transition effects—or transitions as they are often called—are the movements you see when one slide changes to another in Slide Show view. Transition effects are different from animation effects. The term animation in PowerPoint refers to the movements of text and objects on the slide, while transitions refer to the movement of the slide as it changes to another slide.

In this lesson, you will learn how to apply and customize transition effects.

Applying transitions

Download the example to work along with the video.

To apply a transition to one slide:

Transition to This Slide Group
All Transition Effects

Hover over a slide transition effect to see a live preview of the effect on the slide.

To apply a slide transition to all slides:

Apply to All

A star Play Animations icon will appear beneath any slide that has a transition effect applied to it, as well as any slide that uses animation effects for text or objects. The icon is visible on the Slides tab in the task pane on the left and in Slide Sorter view. Click the star Play Animations icon to preview the animation or transition effect.

Modifying transitions

To set slide transition speed:

Transition Speed

You can set the transition speed when you apply the transition effect, or you can return to the Animations tab and apply it later. If you want to apply the transition effect and transition speed to all slides, Click Apply to All.

To set slide transition sound:

Click Apply To All if you want to apply the transition effect and transition sound to all slides.

To remove a slide transition effect:

No Transition


Advancing slides

Advancing to the next slide

By default, in Slide Show view you click your mouse to advance—or move—to the next slide. This setting is defined in the Transition to This Slide group on the Animations tab. You can modify this setting so each slide displays for a specific period of time before automatically advancing to the next slide. This is useful for unattended presentations, such as at a trade show booth.

Advance to Next Slide

You can also advance to the next slide by pressing the Enter key.

To set timing for slides:

Advance Time

If you want to apply the same transition effect and timing for each slide, set the transition effect timing for one slide and click Apply to All.


Use the Company Overview presentation or any other presentation you choose to complete this challenge.