Bring your Presentations to life with Slide Transitions

Jan 7, 2019 | PowerPoint Hints and Tips, Uncategorised

Transitions are used in a PowerPoint presentation to determine how the slides transition from one to the next when running a slide show.  They can range from virtually imperceptible to bonkers and everything in between!  What you decide to use will be determined very much by your audience.

Most transitions effect how the whole slide appears.  By default, this is set to none so the slide just appears when running the show.  For some presentations this will be enough but by adding the right transition the slide show immediately becomes more interesting.  The transitions are divided into 3 categories of subtle, exciting and dynamic content.Image show transition types available

Subtle Transitions

Fade is a great choice if you want to be very subtle.  Reveal is very similar but slightly slower!  Probably the least subtle in here is push but all are good choices if you don’t want to be too dramatic.

Exciting Transitions

Some of these are mad!  Try the origami or airplane options and you will see what I mean!  Ripple or Vortex might make you feel a little bit sick!  These are, in most cases, not great choices.  However, cube and box are worth looking at if you want something a bit more striking than the subtle ones.   Also, bear in mind who you are presenting to.  What might be fun to show friends and family photos at a wedding or birthday celebration may not be so appropriate for informing a new client about your business.

Dynamic Transitions

If you’re transitioning between two slides that use similar slide layouts, dynamic transitions will move only the placeholders, not the slides themselves. When used correctly, dynamic transitions can help unify your slides and add a further level of polish to your presentation.

Effect Options

Image of an example of effect optionsMany of the transitions will have choices of effect options that tailor how they look.  This normally determines the direction they move in.


Image of slide timing optionsTimings effect the speed of the transitions, whether the slides come in automatically and if so when.  Also, sounds can be added.  Most presentations look best if there is some consistency.  Unless you have a very good reason to do otherwise I would suggest applying the same transition to all the slides.

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