PowerPoint transitions operate between slides, adding an effect that guides viewers between the slide transitions. PowerPoint offers three categories of transitions to choose from, all of which can be found in the Transitions tab.

  • Subtle: These are the most basic types of transitions.
  • Exciting: These use more complex animations to transition between slides.
  • Dynamic Content: If you’re transitioning between two slides that use similar slide layouts, dynamic transitions will move only the placeholders, not the slides themselves.

Using Transitions

While we would often discourage from using transitions, they can be useful in helping audiences distinguish between different slides while keeping them engaged. Transitions are also a great tool for controlling the pace of your presentation or video.

The most suitable transition animations for a professional setting are ‘Fade’, ‘Push’, ‘Cut’, ‘Cover’, and ‘Uncover’. All of these are in the Subtle category and aren’t too complex or visually distracting. Remember, the trick is to be subtle and understated – less is more.

Stick to one or two transition effects throughout the presentation to make sure that it doesn’t feel too disjointed. You should also make sure to consider your audience to determine the kind of effects that you will need to use.

If you are giving a business presentation, keep the effects to a minimum to make sure that you don’t distract your audience or look foolish. If you were presenting to a group of children, using more effects may help keep them engaged with the show.

In addition to choosing the right effects, you will need to think about the duration that you will be using. For example, you don’t want them to run for too long, to risk the audience getting bored. On the other hand, if they move too quickly, you might induce feelings of motion sickness. To solve this problem, you should try using each transition at multiple speeds. This trial and error will allow you to pick the one that works best in your presentation. If, after trying multiple settings, you still can’t get an effect to work, you might want to consider removing it entirely.

Add, change, or remove transitions between slides

A slide transition is the visual effect that occurs when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation. You can control the speed, add sound, and customize the look of transition effects.

Add slide transitions to bring your presentation to life:

  1. Select the slide you want to add a transition to.
  2. Select the Transitions tab and choose a transition. Select a transition to see a preview.
  3. Select Effect Options to choose the direction and nature of the transition.
  4. Select Preview to see what the transition looks like.

To remove a transition, select Transitions > None.

Set the timing and speed of a transition

Use Duration to set transition speed. A shorter duration means that a slide advances faster, and a larger number makes the slide advance more slowly.

  1. Select the slide that has the transition that you want to modify.
  2. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, in the Duration box, type the number of seconds that you want.

If you want all the slide show’s transitions to use the same speed, click Apply to All.

Modify the effect options for transitions

Many, but not all, of the transitions in PowerPoint can be customized.

  1. Select the slide that has the transition you want to modify.
  2. On the Transitions tab, in the Transition to This Slide group, click Effect Options and select the option that you want.
  1. The transition will be modified, and a preview of the transition will appear.

To modify transition duration:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you want to modify.
  2. In the Duration field in the Timing group, enter your desired time for the transition.

Specify a time to advance to the next slide

Advance Slide sets the transition timing by specifying how long a slide stays in view before the transition to the next slide begins. If no timing is selected, slides advance when you click the mouse.

  1. Select the slide that you want to set the timing for.
  2. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, under Advance Slide, do one of the following:
    • To make the slide advance to the next slide when you click the mouse, select the On Mouse Click check box.
    • To make the slide advance automatically, select the After checkbox, and then enter the number of minutes or seconds that you want. The timer starts when the final animation or other effect on the slide finishes.
    • To enable both the mouse and automatic advance, select both the On Mouse Click checkbox and the After checkbox. Then, at After, enter the number of minutes or seconds that you want. The slide will advance automatically, but you can advance it more quickly by clicking the mouse.

If you want all the slides to advance using the same speed, click Apply to All.

Set a sound to play during transitions

  1. Select the slide that has the transition that you want to modify.
  2. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, in the Sound list, select the sound that you want.

Note: If you want to use your own sound, in the Sound list, select Other Sound. Then, in the Add Audio dialog box, select the sound that you want, and then click OK

To preview a transition:

You can preview the transition for a selected slide at any time using either of these two methods:

  • Click the Preview command on the Transitions tab.
  • Click the Play Animations command in the Slide Navigation pane.

To remove transitions:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you want to remove.
  2. Choose None from the Transition to This Slide group. The transition will be removed.

To remove transitions from all slides, apply the None transition to a slide, then click the Apply to All command.