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Discover the power shortcuts the pros use to navigate PowerPoint 2010 with ease. Author Alicia Katz Pollock shows how to customize views, work with text, format slides, and publish your final presentation. The course also includes her top 10 tips for working with presentations, including autofitting text, creating custom bullets, and using shapes to mask images and video.
When designing a PowerPoint slideshow, it's a good idea to create a consistent transition between slides. Sometimes randomizing the dozens of transition effects is entertaining, but it can also be distracting. A more professional approach is to find one transition that fits with the theme of your slideshow deck and vary its direction. Note that you have to wait until the very last step in doing this. Once we apply directional transitions, if you rearrange your slides, you'll have to start over again. So what we're going to do is go to the Transitions Ribbon and click on the fourth transition that says Push.
Now when I look at the Effect Options button to the right of the gallery, I can see that it has four directions. From Bottom is the default, then From Left, From Right, and From Top. So what we're going to do is set every fourth slide to one of these directions so that you have a cube effect. So I've clicked on Slide 1 and now I need to hold down my Ctrl key and click on Slide 5. Ctrl allows you to select individual slides. Then scroll down and also Ctrl+Click on Slide 9 so that you have these three highlighted. I'll then click on Push and I'm going to leave the Effect Options from bottom.
Now scroll up to the top of your thumbnails again and let's do our second set. This time just a regular click, no Ctrl; just a regular click on Slide 2 so it's the only one selected. Then scroll down, hold down your Ctrl key and click on Slide 6 and then click on Slide 10. Click on the Push transition again and this time change the Effect Options' direction to From Left. Okay, let's do our third set. Scroll up to the top and click on Slide 3, again, no Ctrl key so that you'll only have Slide 3 selected. Then scroll down and Ctrl+Click on Slide 7, apply the Push transition, and this time under Effect Options, we're going to skip right and we're going to do From Top. And last, click on Slide 4, scroll down, Ctrl+Click on Slide 8, apply the Push, and change the option to From Right. Now press F5 and we can see our slideshow in action. I'll go ahead and click through.
So by applying our transitions in a square, it adds interest without becoming disjointed.
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