How to Use Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2016 - dummies

How to Use Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2016

By Doug Lowe

A transition is how PowerPoint gets from one slide to the next during an onscreen slide show. The normal way to segue from slide to slide is simply cutting to the new slide — effective, yes, but also boring. PowerPoint enables you to assign any of the more than 50 different special effects to each slide transition.

For example, you can have the next slide scoot over the top of the current slide from any direction, or you can have the current slide scoot off the screen in any direction to reveal the next slide. You can have slides fade out, dissolve into each other, open up like Venetian blinds, or spin in like spokes on a wheel.

You can control slide transitions by using the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, as shown here.

The Transitions tab.
The Transitions tab.

The Transitions tab consists of three groups of controls, as described in the following list:

  • Preview: This group includes a single control — a Preview — that displays a preview of the transition effect you selected for the current slide.

  • Transition to This Slide: This group lets you select the transition effect that will be used when the presentation moves to this slide.

  • Timing: This group lets you select options that affect how the transition effect is applied to the slide, such as how quickly the transition occurs and whether it’s triggered by a mouse click or automatically after a time delay.

To create a slide transition, follow these steps:

  1. Move to the slide to which you want to apply the transition.

    Note that the transition applies when you come to the slide you apply the transition to, not when you go to the next slide. For example, if you apply a transition to slide 3, the transition is displayed when you move from slide 2 to slide 3, not when you move from slide 3 to slide 4.

    If you want to apply the animation scheme to all your slides, you can skip this step because it won’t matter which slide you start from.

    If you want to apply different transitions to different slides, you may prefer to work in Slide Sorter View (click the Slide Sorter View button near the bottom-right corner of the screen), which allows you to see more slides at once. If you’re going to use the same transition for all your slides, though, no benefit comes from switching to Slide Sorter View.

  2. Select the transition you want to apply from the Transition to This Slide section of the Transitions tab on the Ribbon.

    If you want, you can display the complete gallery of transition effects by clicking the More button at the bottom right of the mini-gallery of transition effects displayed within the Ribbon. The following figure shows the complete Transitions gallery.

    Note that when you select a transition, PowerPoint previews the transition by animating the current slide. If you want to see the preview again, just click the transition again.

    The Transitions gallery.
    The Transitions gallery.
  3. Use the Effect Options drop-down list to select a variation of the transition effect you selected in Step 2.

    The available variations depend on the transition you’ve chosen. For example, if you choose the Wipe transition, the following variations are available:

    • From Right

    • From Left

    • From Top

    • From Bottom

    • From Top-Right

    • From Bottom-Right

    • From Top-Left

    • From Bottom-Left

  4. If you want, use the Sound drop-down list to apply a sound effect.

    The Sound drop-down list lists a collection of standard transition sounds, such as applause, a cash register, and the standard whoosh. You can also choose Other Sound to use your own .wav file.

  5. Use the Duration drop-down list to control how fast the transition should proceed.

    The default is 1 second, but you can specify a slower or faster speed if you want.

  6. Use the On Mouse Click or After options to indicate how the transition should be triggered.

    If you want to control the pace of the slide show yourself, select the On Mouse Click check box. Then, the slide will remain visible until you click the mouse. If you want the slide to advance automatically after a delay, select the After check box and specify the time delay.

To apply the animation to the entire presentation, click Apply to All. This applies the animation to all the slides in the presentation.

Here are some additional points to keep in mind when using slide transitions:

  • Consider computer speed: Transition effects look better on faster computers, which have more raw processing horsepower to implement the fancy pixel dexterity required to produce good-looking transitions. If your computer is a bit slow, change the speed setting to Fast so the transition won’t drag.

  • Select sets of transitions: Some of the transition effects come in matched sets that apply the same effect from different directions. You can create a cohesive set of transitions by alternating among these related effects from slide to slide. For example, set up the first slide with Wipe Right, the second slide with Wipe Left, the third with Wipe Down, and so on.

  • Preview transitions: When you work in Slide Sorter View, you can click the little star icon beneath each slide to preview the transition for that slide. Also, the automatic slide timing is shown beneath the slide if you set the slide to advance automatically.