Choosing Transitions for PowerPoint Slides in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

In PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, transitions are effects that add animation or sound to the movement of the change between one slide and another, depending on which transition style you choose. It’s important to remember that when you’re using transitions, you must keep both your audience and the content in mind. Think about the reason that you’re adding a transition in the first place. Transitions can be overdone or underused.

A presentation that moves from slide to slide every time with a jump cut, meaning without transitions, can be dull and look like it’s not done yet. Appropriate transitions make presentations easier to watch. At times, you use transitions that are more visually active to help draw attention naturally to transitions in the content that you’re delivering. However, remember that if you use too many high-motion transitions, your audience will be reeling from motion sickness.

It’s fast and easy to apply transitions to display when a slide changes to the next during a slide show. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. While in Slide Sorter view, Normal view, or Slide Master view, select one, several, or all of the slides.

  2. Click the Transitions tab of the Ribbon.

    The Transition to This Slide gallery displays, allowing you to choose a transition. Click the “sweet spot” in the middle of the gallery along the bottom border to display the full palette of transitions.

  3. Click a transition thumbnail to apply it.

    The transition plays as the slide begins to display.

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