PowerPoint is an effective tool that can enhance your presentations. Besides helping you organize your information in a linear fashion, the software provides you with various visual effects that can make your report more interesting. One such visual effect is the page transition or slide transition effect. These are short and simple animations that render on the whole page/slide when you shift from one slide to the next. They are similar to the effects employed by film directors when a movie jumps from scene to scene. Depending on how you use page transitions, they can provide dramatic pauses or forceful emphasis to your presentation. The procedures outlined below are used for the Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 or Office XP version.
1. Adding transitions for a specific slide
In Normal View mode, the left pane beside the main slide window contains two tabs: Outline and Slides. Pull up the Slides tab to see the sequence of slides in your presentation. Right-click on the specific slide you want to add the page transition effect. From the menu that will appear, choose 'Slide Transition'.
1.1 Choose a transition effect.
A Task pane will then appear on the right side of the main slide window. On this pane, under the heading 'Apply to selected files:' you can choose the various types of page transition effects. The chosen page transition will apply to the selected slide, the one highlighted at the left pane.
1.2 Modify the transition effect.
On the Slide Transition Task pane, under the heading 'Modify transition' there are two aspects of the effect that can be modified: Speed and Sound. To change the time it takes for the transition effect to render, click on the drop down list for Speed and choose Slow, Medium or Fast. To add an accompanying sound effect to the page transition, click on the drop down list for Sound and choose any of the pre-arranged sound effects or choose 'Other Sound…' at the bottom of the list to browse for a different audio file.
1.3 Preview the transition effect.
At the very bottom of the Slide Transition Task pane is the AutoPreview option. If this option is checked, the transition effect will render on the main slide window every time you click on an effect from the list. Alternatively you can click on the Play button to preview a chosen transition. Another way to preview the effect is to press the F5 key or click on the Slide Show button. This will run the whole presentation in full screen mode and there you can see how the effect you added will look like on your presentation.
2. Adding the same transition for a group of slides
This procedure similarly involves choosing the page transition effect, modifying its speed and sound aspects and previewing. The difference is that before you do any of the same steps, you will have to select the various slides to which you want to apply the effect.
2.1 Select consecutive slides.
On the left plane under the Slides tab, click on the first slide of the group you want to add a page transition to, press the Shift key and then without releasing it, click on the last slide of the group. If you clicked on Slide 2 for example as the first slide and then Shift+clicked on Slide 5 as the last slide, then Slides 2 to 5 will be selected. The page transition effect you'll choose will then apply to the said slides.
2.2 Select non-consecutive slides.
Let's say for example that you want to apply the same transition effect for Slides 2, 5 and 9. In this case use the Ctrl key. Press this key and without releasing it, click on the said slides to select/highlight them. Proceed then to choosing the page transition effect you want on the Slide Transition Task pane. The chosen effect will apply only for those selected slides.
2.3 Apply the effect on the whole presentation.
If you want to uniformly use the same page transition effect on all the slides in your presentation, you can simply click on the 'Apply to All Slides' button at the lower section of the Slide Transition Task pane. Do this after you've chosen the effect and modified its speed and sound aspects.
Remember to Save your presentation after applying the page transitions to keep these changes. Alternatively you can choose Save As to create a different version, just in case you want to try out other changes.