Applying Transitions

Transitions in PowerPoint use special effects to go from slide to slide. Learn all about using PowerPoint transitions in this free lesson.

Applying transitions

Video: Applying Transitions
in PowerPoint 2010

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If you've ever seen a PowerPoint presentation that had special effects between each slide, you've seen slide transitions. A transition can be as simple as fading to the next slide or as complex as a flashy, eye-catching effect. This means you can choose transitions to fit the style of any presentation.

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About transitions

There are three categories of unique transitions to choose from, all of which can be found on the Transitions tab:

To apply a transition:

  1. Select the slide you want to modify.
  2. Click the Transitions tab.
  3. Locate the Transition to This Slide group. By default, None is applied to each slide.
    Transition to This Slide groupTransition to This Slide group
  4. Click the More drop-down arrow to display all of the transitions.
  5. Click a transition to apply it to the selected slide. This will automatically preview the transition as well.
    Choosing a transitionChoosing a transition

When working with transitions, the Apply To All command in the Timing group can be used at any time to make your presentation uniform. Use this command with caution. Not only does it apply the same transition to every slide, but it also applies the settings in the Timing group, which you may not want to be the same throughout your presentation.

To preview a transition:

You can preview the transition for a selected slide at any time, using either of these two methods: