How To Add Transitions To Slideshows In PowerPoint 2010

One of the most appealing features of PowerPoint is slide transition that we all love to have in our presentation. If you have ever seen a slide show, which I am sure you must have; you see each slide popping up in an attractive motion.

Well, this is what a slide transition is! It refers to an eye-pleasing motion that occurs when you move to another slide during a slide show. Just like animations, you should use transitions only to maintain the attention of the audience instead of revealing what is going to happen next. Keeping this in mind, in this article, we will see how to use transitions in PowerPoint 2010.

Problem: Need To Meet Specific Client Requirements

Let us consider a scenario wherein you are working as a Senior Technical Writer in your company. You are managing a team of writers for a new project. According to this new project, the team needs to create some really good presentations on soft skills and company’s Code of Conduct. Few of the client requirements are to use flash images, hyperlinks, and transitions.

For transition, the client has specially specified to let the slides appear as if one is turning the pages of a book. Now, the problem is that your team is new to PowerPoint 2010. So, they are not aware of how to incorporate this effect.

Solution: Apply A Transition To The Slideshow

As a solution to the above scenario, you can use transitions that are special animation effects to apply to some or all slides at once. PowerPoint 2010 offers a myriad of transitions from which you can apply the most suitable one to your slides. Applying a simple transition between the slides makes your presentation more interesting as well as eye-catching. It is obvious that by doing so you no longer have to show a dull presentation.

Implement The Solution: Explore The Transitions Tab

In PowerPoint 2010, the transitions are grouped into three categories namely, Exciting, Subtle, and Dynamic Content. To preview a transition, you just need to hover the mouse on the suitable one in the gallery. In case you feel like the changing the effect in terms of orientation, you can easily do so in PowerPoint 2010. Further, you can change the duration and sound of the selected transition for enjoying a customized effect. Here are the steps to add a transition to the slides in PowerPoint 2010.

1. Open MS PowerPoint 2010.

2. Select the slide that requires a transition.

3. Select the Transitions tab on the Ribbon.

4. Click the More button in the Transition to This Slide group to open the gallery of transitions.

5. Select the most appropriate transition. For the above scenario, the Ripple transition is required.

6. Click the Effect Options button. A drop-down list appears with the options relevant for the selected transition.

7. Select the desired option.

8. In the Timing group, from the Sound drop-down list, select the appropriate sound.

9. In the Duration box, set the required duration of the transition.

10. In the Advance Slide section, select the desired option for advancing the slide.

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11. Click the Apply To All button if you want to apply the transition to all slides.

12. Click the Preview button on the Transitions tab to preview the selected transition.

The powerpoint slide has been spiced up with the transition effects and is ready to be delivered.