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Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint – Tutorial

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Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint - Tutorial: A picture of a user selecting a slide transition animation in PowerPoint 2016.

Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint: Overview

            You can add slide transition animation in PowerPoint to your presentation slides. Slide transition animation in PowerPoint is the animation that occurs when you advance from slide to slide within the presentation. You have many options for controlling the effects of the slide transition animation in PowerPoint. For example, you can often set the speed and direction of many transition animations. You can also add sound effects to complement the slide transition animation in PowerPoint, if desired.

            You can add slide transition animation in PowerPoint to a single slide or to all slides at once. To do this, select the slide or slides to which you want to apply slide transition animation from the “Slides” pane. This pane appears at the left side of the “Normal” view. Then click the “Transitions” tab in the Ribbon. Then use the buttons and options in the “Transition to This Slide” button group to apply slide transition animation.

            Click any of the available transition effects in the “Transition to This Slide” group. Then click the “Preview” button in the “Preview” button group to see the transition effect previewed in the slide window. After selecting a transition effect, set the properties of the transition using the “Effect Options” button within this button group.

            You can change the transition effect speed. To do this, enter the amount of time to play the transition animation into the “Duration” spinner box. This spinner box appears in the “Timing” button group.

Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint - Tutorial: A picture of a user selecting a slide transition animation in PowerPoint 2016.

Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint – Tutorial: A picture of a user selecting a slide transition animation in PowerPoint 2016.

            To play a sound during the transition, select a choice from the “Sound” dropdown in the “Timing” button group. To play a custom sound, select the “Other sound…” choice from the button’s dropdown menu. In the “Add Audio” dialog box that appears, navigate to the folder that contains the sound file to use. Then double-click to select it. It is important to note that the sound must be a “WAV” file type.

            Next, in the “Advance Slide” section of the “Timing” button group, set how to advance the slide during your presentation. You can either advance the slide by mouse click and/or automatically advance the slide after a predetermined time interval. To advance to the next slide when you click your mouse button, ensure the “On Mouse Click” checkbox is checked. To automatically advance the slide, check the “After:” checkbox. Then enter a time duration into the small spinner box to the right. Also ensure the “Use timings” checkbox is checked in the “Set Up” button group on the “Slide Show” tab.

            You can apply the selected transition to all presentation slides after applying it to the currently selected slide. To do this, click the “Apply to All” button in the “Timing” button group.

Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint: Instructions

  1. To apply slide transition animation in PowerPoint, first select the slide(s) to which you want to apply transition animation.
  2. These slides appear in the “Slides” pane at the left side of the “Normal” view.
  3. Then click the “Transitions” tab in the Ribbon.
  4. Then use the buttons and options in the “Transition to This Slide” button group to apply slide transition animation.
  5. Click any of the available transition effects in the “Transition to This Slide” group.
  6. Then click the “Preview” button in the “Preview” button group to see the transition effect previewed in the slide window
  7. After selecting a transition effect, set the properties of the transition using the “Effect Options” button within this button group.
  8. To change the animation speed, enter a duration, in seconds, into the “Duration” spinner box in the “Timing” button group.
  9. To play a sound during the transition, select a choice from the “Sound” dropdown in the “Timing” button group.
  10. If you want to play a custom sound, select the “Other sound…” choice from the button’s dropdown menu.
  11. In the “Add Audio” dialog box that appears, navigate to the folder that contains the sound file to use.
  12. Then double-click to select it. It is important to note that the sound must be a “WAV” file type.
  13. To advance to the next slide when you click your mouse button, check the “On Mouse Click” checkbox.
  14. This checkbox appears in the “Advance Slide” section of the “Timing” button group.
  15. To automatically advance the slide, check the checkbox for “After:” in the “Advance Slide” section of the “Timing” button group.
  16. Then enter a time duration into the small spinner box to the right.
  17. Also ensure the “Use timings” checkbox is checked in the “Set Up” button group on the “Slide Show” tab.
  18. To apply the selected transition to all presentation slides, click the “Apply to All” button in the “Timing” button group.

Slide Transition Animation in PowerPoint: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Adding Slide Transition Animation,” shows how to add slide transition animation in PowerPoint. This video lesson is from our complete PowerPoint training, titled “Mastering PowerPoint Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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