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Using Transitions Between Slides
PowerPoint 2010 includes a few new transitions, and several of the standard transitions
have been updated to allow slides to enter the screen from any of four directions instead
of just two. Note also that a few transitions have been removed from the 2010 version of
PowerPoint. However, transitions no longer available in PowerPoint 2010 that have been
applied to presentations in an earlier version of PowerPoint still play when the file is viewed
in PowerPoint 2010.
Transitions, like animations, are grouped into three categories:
Subtle transitions typically slide in from a set direction; they are quick and barely
noticeable by the audience. Use a subtle transition to create a smooth low from one
slide to the next.
Exciting transitions are generally more noticeable to the audience than a subtle
transition. They show one slide leaving the presentation view and another coming in. Use
an exciting transition to make a more dramatic statement between slides.
Dynamic Content transitions are designed to make your slides look like they are
moving through space as one slide leaves and another enters.
Once you select a transition, you’ll see a preview in both Normal and Slide Sorter views. If
you miss it, click the Preview option on the Transitions tab to see it again. Each transition
holds a set of customizable properties that include speed, duration, sound, and—in many
cases—direction, shape, and format.
For instance, when you apply the Honeycomb transition, you can modify the default 4.4
seconds that it takes to move from the current slide to the next, but not much else. But
when you apply the Shred transition, you can also choose the type of shredding effect you
want to see by clicking Effect Options. All of these settings are available on the Transitions
tab, shown in Figure 19-12.
Figure 19-12 Use the Transitions tab to apply and customize transition effects for selected slides.
To apply the same transition to all slides in your deck, click the Apply To All option.
Remember, when you apply a transition, it affects only the currently displayed slide (Normal
view) or selected slide (Slide Sorter view). You can select multiple slides before you apply
your transition settings to affect more than one slide. Press Ctrl as you click to select
noncontiguous slides, or press Shift and click to select contiguous slides. You can select multiple
slides in Normal view, although you might find this easier in Slide Sorter view.
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