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For Seniors: How to Add Transitions to a PowerPoint Slide

Transition effects are much like animations except that they apply to entire Microsoft PowerPoint slides. A transition effect is the flourish that occurs when you transition between one slide and another. The default transition effect is No Transition, which means one slide simply goes away and another appears, with no flourish at all.

Some of the transition effects you can use include fades, cuts, dissolves, and wipes. Explaining each of these effects is difficult, but if you see them, you’ll immediately understand them. To try them out, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Transitions tab.

  2. In the Transition to This Slide group, point at one of the transition effects.

    Its name appears in a ScreenTip, and a preview of it appears on the active slide.


    For more choices, click the More button (the down arrow with a line across its top) to open a palette of more transition effects.

  3. When you’re ready to select a transition for a slide, click the transition you want (rather than just pointing at it).

    It’s immediately applied to the active slide.

Use the Duration field and Sound drop-down list box to the right of the transitions to customize the speed at which the transition occurs and the sound that plays when the transition occurs (if any). Be wary of assigning sounds to transitions, though; in a long presentation, audiences might find them annoying.

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