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- Customizing the Ribbon interface
- Using the new Backstage View
- Saving time with the Animation Painter
- Styling a presentation with themes and transitions
- Introducing new ways to work with video
- Using the enhanced photo editing features such as cropping, removing backgrounds, and artistic effects
- Broadcasting a presentation on the Web
- Merging, comparing, and collaborating on presentations
Skill Level Appropriate for all
A transition is what the audience sees between slides, the transition from one slide to the next. Past upgrades of PowerPoint haven't given us new transitions, until 2010. Not only does PowerPoint 2010 add impressive new options to the Transitions feature, it also takes advantage of modern video cards for smoother, slicker animation. Let's go ahead and see what this presentation looks like without any transitions enabled. Here's our beginning slide. And as I advance through, you can see that the slide presentation looks unfinished.
Now I'm going to spend a minute on the Transitions tab and apply some new transitions to a handful of slides. From the Ribbon, I'll click on the Transitions tab, pull down the gallery, and now I can see all of the Transitions available to me. If I click on one, I'll see that screen come together. Let's try another one. You can see that PowerPoint 2010 has much more exciting and interesting transitions than prior versions. Of course, all the old ones are still here too, but using new video card features, they're much smoother than they ever have been.
Most transitions also offer effect options. For example, if I choose Cube, I can pull down the Effect Options menu and decide which direction I want it to go. I'll try it again with Split. Pull down Effect Options, and I can choose which direction the split occurs. Remember that when you apply a transition, or its options, it's only affecting the current slide, in this case slide number 1. If you want this transition to apply to all slides, you must click Apply To All, found right here in the Timing group of the Transitions tab.
This particular transition, Split, is now affecting every single slide in the presentation. I'll press F5. Now we can show our audience exactly how this looks. Advance to the next slide, and to the next, and to the next. And you can see how smooth this transition is using our new video card. I'll press Escape and return to my presentation. Now I'd like to show you my personal favorite. I'll pull down the gallery and choose Gallery, found here in the Exciting section.
I can pull down Effect Options and choose the direction, but I'll leave it at From Right. I'll click Apply To All, so that every single slide is affected. And now I'll press F5 to preview. What I especially like about this transition is if I go backwards, so does the animation. Remember that you don't want to go too wild with transitions, and consistency is very important.
Choose one that you like and use it throughout the slide show. Only deviate for special cases.