Transitions define how slides or part of a slide (text or graphics) appear during your presentation. By default, slides appear one at a time with all the text and graphics displayed at once, which can get monotonous.
To spice up your presentation, PowerPoint offers two types of transitions:
Text and picture transitions
Use transitions sparingly. Transitions may be visually interesting, but you don't want your transitions to be distracting.
Adding slide transitions
Slide transitions can make a slide appear to melt or break into multiple pieces that slip away, revealing the next slide underneath.
When creating a transition, you need to define the following:
The actual visual appearance of the transition
The speed of the transition (Slow, Medium, or Fast)
Any sound effects you want to play during the transition (these can get really annoying, so use them sparingly)
When to display the transition (after a certain time period or when you click the mouse)
To create a slide transition, follow these steps:
1. Click a slide (in the Slide or Outline view pane).
Any transition you choose will end by displaying the slide you choose in this step.
2. Click the Animations tab.
PowerPoint displays the different animation (transition) tools, as shown in Figure 12-2.
Animations tab displays all the tools you need to create a slide transition.
3. Click the More button of the Transition To This Slide group.
A pull-down menu appears listing all the different transitions available, as shown in Figure 12-3.
If you move the mouse over a transition, PowerPoint shows you what that transition will look like on your chosen slide.
4. Click the transition you want.
5. (Optional) Click in the Transition Sound list box and choose a sound, such as Cash Register or Drum Roll.
6. (Optional) Click in the Transition Speed list box and choose a speed (Slow, Medium, or Fast).
7. (Optional) Select the Automatically After or the On Mouse Click check box.
If you select the Automatically After check box, you have to specify a time in the Automatically After text box for the slide to wait before running the transition.
The Transition menu displays each transition as an icon, which gives you an idea how the transition will appear.
You can select both the On Mouse Click and Automatically After check boxes, so the slide transition waits until you click the mouse or until a certain amount of time passes.
8. (Optional) Click Apply to All to apply your transitions to every slide in your presentation.
Applying the same transition throughout your presentation can give your slide show a consistent look, but it's best for only simple, visual transitions and not for transitions that involve noisy sound effects that get tedious after a while.