Using Transitions & Animations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

January 3, 2011, By Christian Cawley

One of the key features of Microsoft PowerPoint is the ability to apply interesting transitions to slides, with the intention of delivering a high-impact presentation that your audience will not forget. These can be applied on a slide-by-slide basis or set up to apply to an entire presentation; for the best results you should tailor your transitions to the type of message and slide content.

Along with transitions, animations can be used to great effect, with entrance, emphasis and exit animations available for slide elements which can be given start commands, durations and delays.

All of these features are easy to add and configure and make Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 the most powerful presentation creation software available.

Using transitions and animations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Slide Transitions in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Available via the Transitions tab, various slide transitions are available for you to apply to your presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Each transition has its default setting which can be altered to suit your preference, and transitions can be assigned to individual slides or entire presentations.

Applying a transition to a single slide is easy. Open your presentation and select the Transitions tab. In the Slides view on the left, select the slide you wish to apply the transition to, and in the Transition to this Slide section of the ribbon menu, select from the available options. These are split into Subtle and Exciting, and selecting will display a preview in the main presentation window. You can repeat this with the Preview button.

When you have made your selection, use the Effect Options tool to apply a different direction to the transition you have chosen; you can also use the Timing tools to specify a Duration for the transition, a Sound to be played as the new slide is displayed as well as choosing whether to advance the slide on a mouse click or after a pre-determined delay.

Finally, the transition you have setup can be applied to all slides with the Apply To All button; alternatively you need to select a different slide to configure a new transition it.

Element Animations in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

With animations you can liven up presentations and deliver devastatingly compelling results thanks to the preset tools included in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Using the animation tools is simple – they can be applied to any element, text or images (although applying to video clips might slow your PC or laptop down) – and they’re controlled via the Animations tab.

To get started, select a specific element on a slide of your choice, and use the Animation section or Add Animation on the Advanced Animation section to select what you think is a suitable animation. For instance if you have the phrase “They are coming” as main text for your slide, you might use the Zoom option in the Entrance section.

Animations are split into entrance, emphasis and exit types, and advanced control of them can be configured via the Animation Pane tool and the Trigger; the first of these can show you how long the animation will take as well as allow you to specify Effect Options which might include sounds and timings, while with the Trigger you can specify a mouse click on a certain element to begin the animation.

Finally, you can use the Timing section to determine the length of the animation, apply a delay to it (such as 3 seconds after the slide is displayed) and where there are multiple elements you wish to move, use the Reorder Animation tool to indicate to PowerPoint 2010 which element of your presentation should move in which order.

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