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Rehearsing and Recording Transition Timings
Sounds associated with transitions can get annoying to your audience very quickly. Don’t use them gratuitously.
Rehearsing and Recording Transition Timings
The trouble with setting the same automatic timings for all slides is that not all slides
deserve or need equal time on-screen. For example, some slides may have more text than
others or more complex concepts to grasp. To allow for the differences, you can manually
set the timings for each slide, as described in the preceding section. However, another
way is to use the Rehearse Timings feature to run through your presentation in real time
and allow PowerPoint to set the timings for you, based on that rehearsal. This is especially
important if you have complex animations on the slide, because the transition timing will
force all animations to run within that timeframe despite the timing set on the individual
animations. Therefore you want to make sure that the transition timing is adequate to
incorporate all animations.
When you set timings with the Rehearse Timings feature, PowerPoint ignores any hidden slides. If you later unhide
these slides, they are set to advance automatically. You need to individually assign them an After transition time, as
described earlier in the chapter.
To set transition timings with the Rehearse Timings feature, follow these steps:
1. On the Slide Show tab, click Rehearse Timings. The slide show starts with the
Recording toolbar, shown in Figure 16.4, in the upper-left corner.
Use the Recording toolbar to set timings for automatic transitions.
Overall presentation timing
Current slide timing
If you want to record voiceover narration as you rehearse and record the timings, click Record Slide Show in step 1
instead of Rehearse Timings. (Have your microphone ready to go before you do that.) Chapter 19 explains narration
recording in more detail.
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