While PowerPoint slides offer a significant amount of space and dynamic features to display content, sometimes the information is too large to fit on a single slide – like an extensive Excel spreadsheet or detailed map that will be difficult to read if shrunk to fit the slide.

One of the easiest ways to overcome this challenge is to cut the image into multiple parts, placing each part on a different slide, and using Dynamic transitions between the slides.

When Dynamic transitions are applied to your slides, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds. If your slides have the same background, these effects can make your content move independently on and off the screen. Dynamic transitions also work backwards, so you can move between previous slides seamlessly.

By using the Dynamic content transition effect ‘Pan’, you can display a larger image in separate parts to ensure all details are shared with the audience while maintaining their attention.

First insert your oversized image onto a slide and make a copy of that image (click image, CTRL + C, CTRL +V). PowerPoint will automatically place your image on top of the original, so just ensure that the two are aligned perfectly with one on top of the other.

Next, draw a straight vertical line across the centre of the image. This will act as a visual guide so you can crop both images into equal halves.

Click the ‘Format’ tab in PowerPoint’s top ribbon and use the ‘Crop’ tool to cut the top image in half.

dynamic, PowerPoint’s Dynamic Pan Transition Next, arrange the two parts of the images in such a way that the edges touch the right and left edges of consecutive slides. It may also help adding borders on the outer edge of the image(s) so it’s easier for audiences to notice the pan effect.

Select the second slide. Go to the ‘Transitions tab’ in PowerPoint ribbon. Browse the options under ‘Dynamic Content’ and select ‘Pan’ transition effect. You will see a Live Preview of the transition on the active slide, but bear in mind that this preview looks better in Normal view than Slide Sorter view.
dynamic, PowerPoint’s Dynamic Pan Transition

In the ‘Transitions to this slide’ group you will find ‘Effect Options’ drop-down menu. When you click on it, various options will open up. Select the option called ‘From Right’ and your effect is ready.

dynamic, PowerPoint’s Dynamic Pan Transition You can apply pan transition effect to move from left, right, up or down. But make sure that you arrange the edges of the images in such a way that the consecutive slides flow into each other seamlessly. That way, you can show fairly large images, maps or spread sheets in clear detail.

When applied correctly, it appears as though the content is sliding over the footer and sliding into place to replace the content on the same slide, making the content on the second slide an extension of the first slide. The result is a seamless pan from one slide to another, without the visual and psychological interruption, that goes with it.

To move back and forth between the two slides, keeping the dynamic transition in place, use the up and down arrow keys (when panning to the side use the right and left arrow keys).

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Also, remember that these effects have more impact if there’s something in the background that doesn’t seem to move. The quickest way to accomplish this is to add a footer via the master slide by clicking the View tab and then clicking Slide Master in the Master Views group. You can also click the Insert tab, click the Header and Footer option in the Text group, click the Footer option in the resulting dialog, and enter any text you like.