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Adding transitions and animations
That’s almost everything you need to know about creating a presentation in
PowerPoint. I told you it was easy! But there are a few special effects you can add,
which can bring some life to your presentation.
Adding transitions and animations
When you are playing your slide show and press a key to move between different
slides, one slide will fade out as the next fades in. This is known as a transition,
but there is a wide range of other special effects you can use between slides. If you
watched Top of the Pops in the 1980s, you’ll recognise a lot of these effects.
There are two types of special effect you can add:
Transitions, the effects used between slides.
Animations, the effects used on parts of a slide, such as a picture or a text
box. They are usually used to reveal things in stages while you’re talking about
them, so that people can’t read about what you’re going to say before you’ve
said it, for example. To reveal something that is introduced with an animation
during your slide show, you have to click a Next key (see Table 7.1).
The way to select transitions and animations and the way they work is slightly
different in Offi ce 2010 and Offi ce 2007.
Adding transitions and animations in PowerPoint 2010
The most stunning transitions were introduced in PowerPoint 2010 and sadly
aren’t available in PowerPoint 2007. In PowerPoint 2010, a few changes have
been made to how transitions and animations are managed, too. There is now a
dedicated ribbon for Transitions and a separate one for Animations. To apply a
transition to a slide, follow these steps:
1. Select the slide by clicking it in the navigation pane.
2. Go to the Transitions ribbon, shown in Figure 7.4.
3. The transitions work in the same way as the Word Quick Styles list you learned
about in Chapter 3. Click where indicated in Figure 7.4 to open all the
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