About this lesson
Add smooth or exciting transitions between slides to increase the smoothness and continuity of your slideshow into an almost movie-like format.
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Using slide transitions to provide continuity or a break between slides.
When to use
Use to gradually transition between slides with similar content, or use more exciting transitions to create a break between themes in the presentation.
- When applying a Transition, select the slide you want to transition to.
- To apply a transition, click the thumbnail for the transition you wish to apply in the transition to this slide group.
- Use the Effect Options drop-down arrow to change the direction or other effects relating to that transition.
- On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, you can:
- Apply a sound to a transition,
- Change the duration of a transition
- Apply the current transition and settings to all slides,
- Advance the slide by clicking, after a specific duration of time, or both.
- Transition Styles are available when you click the arrow at the edge of the transition thumbnails, and include:
- , such as Reveal and Wipe,
- , such as Ripple and Honeycomb.
- content in which there is a different transition for the slide as opposed to the content on the slide:
- The slide background will fade from one slide to the next. If the slide background is identical, it will appear as though the slide background doesn’t transition.
- The objects on the slide will undergo a dynamic transition and will appear to leave the slide behind to be replaced by new content on that slide.
Some transitions are excellent between groups of slides when you don’t want to break people’s concentration.
Exciting and dynamic transitions are excellent between various concepts in a presentation when you want to give the audience clues that you’re moving to a new concept in the presentation.
Transitions also work in reverse. You can try this by pressing the Backspace key during a slide show to go back to a previous, transition slide.
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Morph transitions change objects by calculating the transition between that object, and the same object on a different slide at a different location and size.
- Place a picture of a shape on a slide.
- In either the Slides Pane or the Slide Sorter view:
- Right-click a thumbnail in the Slide Pane view and select Duplicate Slide.
- Move the image of shape to a new location and change its size.
- Click the Transitions tab and select Morph in the Transitions to this slide group.
- Click F5 on your keyboard to open a slideshow.
- Click the mouse to fire the transition and notice how the transition calculates where the object is on the second (duplicated) slide and ‘morphs’ to it.
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