PowerPoint Lesson 3: Part 1 (Slide Transitions)
Please Note: This session builds on, and assumes that you have completed, the previous PowerPoint sessions. If that is not the case, please go back and complete them before returning to this session.
STEP 1: Opening a Presentation
You should by now have at least one or more saved PowerPoint presentations. Select one and double-click it to launch it in PowerPoint. I will use the following presentation:
STEP 2: Selecting Transition Styles & Properties
A ‘transition’ defines how one slide appears after another in a presentation. If you do not specify any transition style, the default is ‘None’ and all you will get is a simple slide-to-slide change upon clicking the mouse or pressing the arrow keys. To see the full range of styles and parameters, look under the TRANSITIONS menu option.
There two distinct aspects to decide. Firstly, select a transition style (scroll down for more choices):
Then decide on the transition timing issues:
STEP 3: Applying a Transition Style
The best way to learn about these transitions is simply to double-click each icon in turn and watch the effect in action. When you see one you like, click on it once and that will be the style for this slide. I have chosen the ‘Ripple’ effect.
While it is possible to have different transition styles within the same presentation, it is not advisable. Use the same transition effect on each slide. So, I set each slide to ‘Ripple’…
Then you can run the slide show as we showed in a previous session:
The presentation will then run using this ripple effect as each now slide is loaded up and viewed but you must still manually click the mouse or arrow key to make the transition occur. Let’s fix that.
STEP 4: Set Slide Transition Timing Parameters
Use the Timing box (below) to:
Add sound every time a new slide is shown (the default is no sound)
Fix the duration of each transition between slides – 2 seconds here.
Decide if the slide transition is caused manually by mouse click (or arrow key) or automatically after a pre-determined number of seconds (10 in this case). You can enable both options so you can override the timer if needed.
Assign presentation-wide settings (very useful). Do this last.
Once all parameters are set, just run the slide show to see the effects in action.
If you like what you see, be sure to re-save the presentation.
That completes this session.
Now your turn…
Either create a new blank presentation or open up an existing one.
Experiment with different slide transition styles (double-click) and then apply one to all slides.
Run the slide show to see the effects in action.
Now add the timing parameters like sound, duration, etc.
Again, run the slide show to see how the presentation looks.
Re-save the presentation.
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