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Using slide transition effects

From: PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Video: Using slide transition effects

Another type of animation that can be applied to your presentation to add visual interest is a transition, and that is the animation that happens between the slides in your presentations. So as you move from slide 1 to slide 2, what happens? Does the slide just appear, or is there some kind of some transitional effect? That's what we are going to look at right now with our tour presentation, and we will go to slide number 1 and start there. Now when you look to the left-hand side of the thumbnails in the Navigation pane, you will get a hint as to whether there is any animation of transitional effects that have been applied.

Using slide transition effects

Another type of animation that can be applied to your presentation to add visual interest is a transition, and that is the animation that happens between the slides in your presentations. So as you move from slide 1 to slide 2, what happens? Does the slide just appear, or is there some kind of some transitional effect? That's what we are going to look at right now with our tour presentation, and we will go to slide number 1 and start there. Now when you look to the left-hand side of the thumbnails in the Navigation pane, you will get a hint as to whether there is any animation of transitional effects that have been applied.

Right now, next to slide 1 there is nothing. Next to slide 2 we do see the little star, indicating there are some animation effects on that slide. So with slide number 1 selected, we will go the Ribbon and click Transitions, totally dedicated to Transitional Effects that can applied to your slides. And the very first group that we see here is Transition to this Slide. So what's going to happen to take us to this slide? And down below are the options, and you can see they are all named: Cut, Fade, Push, and so on. We can use the arrow at the right to scroll through the list or click the dropdown arrow to see all of them in groups: Subtle, Exciting, and Dynamic, down at the bottom.

So let's just start with maybe an exciting one, like Ripple, for example. When you click Ripple, you're going to see how the slide appears in that Ripple effect. You will also see the icon that appears now next to the thumbnail under slide 1, indicating there is a transition effect that's been applied to this one slide. If you want to apply it to all of your slides, you will notice there is a button on the far right-hand side of the Ribbon to have this transition applied to all of the slides in your presentation. That's not a bad idea.

You want to keep things consistent and avoid distracting your audience with too many effects. So that's a very good button if you have a medium to small presentation. If you have got a very lengthy presentation, that's broken up into sections like ours, you might consider applying the effects to the various sections. So you might use three or four different transition effects throughout your entire presentation. Let's click Introduction, right at the top. That's selects all of the slides in the group, and now we will try a different transition.

Click the dropdown, and let's go to Vortex. I like that one. We are going to see a quick preview of that on our first slide, and you'll also notice, in the thumbnail section of our Navigation pane, we have got a little icon appearing next to each of the thumbnails in this group. As we scroll down to the next section, which is History, you'll notice that icon does not appear there. So let's click History, and we will apply an effect to that section by clicking a dropdown.

We will try something different. How about Glitter? We'll see a quick preview, very cool effect. And we will scroll down now to the next group, one more section called Sales Information. Select it by clicking right on the name. Let's try one more. We will click the dropdown. Let's go down to the Dynamic ones now and see what we have got here. For example, maybe Orbit would be cool. There we go. Nice effect.

It's been applied to all of the slides in that section. The only other section left is our Conclusion. We don't have to apply any transitions to that. There are some other options now. Let's just go back to the very top. We will click on the Introduction heading to select the slides in that section. You will see the Effect. It kind of appears here with Effect Options. You can click that dropdown now and change some of these options. Right now, the Vortex is from the Left. You can have it coming from the Top, Right, or Bottom. Let's change it to Top and see what that looks like. And there it goes.

Very cool effect. It takes 4 seconds by default, but we can change that up too. If you think it takes too long, just bump it down by tenths of a second using the down arrow or back up using the up arrow or type in a value. I am just going to type in 2. So it only takes two seconds, and we are going to test that out now, by clicking Play. Notice it popped back to 3.05? So when you come inside here, with it selected and type 2, you need to either press Return or Tab - that's to lock it in - and now play it again.

That's a little quicker and less distracting. The only other thing that's kind of interesting is you can add sound to it as well. When you click the sound dropdown, you will see a number of built-in sounds to choose from. So if we wanted to, we could scroll through this list, finding something that goes with our vortex. See what Oooh sounds like. And now when we click Play... (Audio playing.) It doesn't really apply, and in fact, it might be too distracting, so we will go back and select, right at the top, None.

Now by default, every time you click, you're going to move from one slide to the next, and you'll noticed On Mouse Click has been used in this particular transition by default. But if you want it to automatically play - let's say you're doing a self running slide show at a kiosk - in that case, you'd want to choose a timing. So you'd take On Mouse click off by selecting the check box, click After, and then choose the number of seconds before it moves to the next slide. So of course you probably want to read what's on the slide and gauge how long the slide needs to appear.

In this case, we would be applying it to every slide in this section because that's what we have done. We have selected all of the slides. But you can do it for each individual slide as well. You are going to turn that off and go back to On Mouse Click. If we really want to see the effect, we will click the Slide Show button. There is the first slide using the effect. Click again. See how it goes to the next slide using the same effect. You'll see the animations we applied in the previous lesson. Click again to move to the next slide, and it's a very consistent look.

When we get to the end of the slide in our first section and go on to the next one, we see the new effect, kind of a cool effect. Press Escape to go back to editing your presentation, and now you know that adding transitions to the slides in your presentation can really add that 'wow' factor, keep your audience engaged, and keep it exciting.

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PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Understanding PowerPoint
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 15m 58s
    1. Exploring the Presentation gallery
      4m 17s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon interface
      6m 7s
    3. Navigating presentations
      2m 56s
    4. Customizing the UI layout
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 42s
    1. Creating new presentations
      2m 56s
    2. Adding, removing, and arranging slides
      7m 5s
    3. Saving time with Outline mode
      5m 15s
    4. Separating slides into sections
      8m 37s
    5. Checking compatibility
      3m 15s
    6. Saving your presentations
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 23s
    1. Using themes
      4m 58s
    2. Creating your own themes
      2m 42s
    3. Changing the background
      5m 33s
    4. Designing slides
      3m 12s
    5. Working with slide layouts
      3m 58s
    6. Working with slide masters
      5m 51s
    7. Using headers and footers
      4m 25s
    8. Using and creating templates
      4m 44s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Adding text with text slides and boxes
      3m 37s
    2. Adding text to a shape
      2m 16s
    3. Formatting text on a slide
      5m 42s
    4. Changing character direction
      4m 11s
    5. Creating lists using bullets and numbering
      5m 25s
    6. Changing spacing and indents
      4m 17s
    7. Finding and replacing content
      4m 46s
  6. 25m 28s
    1. Adding a table to a slide
      4m 47s
    2. Editing and formatting tables
      4m 25s
    3. Pasting a table from Excel
      5m 11s
    4. Inserting a chart
      5m 42s
    5. Pasting a chart from Excel
      5m 23s
  7. 26m 40s
    1. Inserting pictures and clip art
      2m 18s
    2. Replacing and adjusting pictures
      6m 40s
    3. Drawings and SmartArt
      6m 29s
    4. Adding video to a slide
      5m 53s
    5. Adding sound to a presentation
      5m 20s
  8. 18m 7s
    1. Using a template with animation
      5m 35s
    2. Animating objects on a slide
      6m 1s
    3. Using slide transition effects
      6m 31s
  9. 15m 7s
    1. Checking spelling
      5m 25s
    2. Finding synonyms, definitions, and translations
      4m 23s
    3. Setting AutoCorrect options
      5m 19s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Using speaker notes
      3m 50s
    2. Showing and navigating a presentation
      4m 56s
    3. Using pointer options
      3m 59s
    4. Using presenter tools with two screens
      3m 44s
    5. Creating a self-running slideshow
      6m 40s
    6. Playing a self-running slideshow
      3m 44s
    7. Adding hyperlinks to a presentation
      5m 7s
    8. Using action buttons
      8m 53s
  11. 28m 5s
    1. Using comments
      3m 58s
    2. Printing notes, handouts, and slides
      4m 17s
    3. Sending a slideshow to iPhoto
      2m 57s
    4. Creating PowerPoint pictures
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a PowerPoint movie
      3m 56s
    6. Creating a PDF presentation
      1m 49s
    7. Creating custom slideshows
      3m 57s
    8. Broadcasting a presentation over the web
      4m 28s
  12. 8m 52s
    1. Changing PowerPoint preferences
      3m 29s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon and toolbars
      5m 23s
  13. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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