Modifying Transitions and Advancing Slides

To modify the transition effect:

You can quickly customize the look of a transition by changing its direction.

  1. Select the slide with the transition you want to modify.
  2. Click the Effect Options command and choose the desired option. These options will vary depending on the selected transition.
  • The transition will be modified, and a preview of the transition will appear.

Some transitions do not allow you to modify the direction.

To modify the transition duration:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you want to modify.
  2. In the Duration field in the Timing group, enter the desired time for the transition. In this example, we’ll decrease the time to half a second—or 00.50—to make the transition faster.

To add sound:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you want to modify.
  2. Click the Sound drop-down menu in the Timing group.
  3. Click a sound to apply it to the selected slide, then preview the transition to hear the sound.

Sounds are best used in moderation. Applying a sound between every slide could become overwhelming or even annoying to an audience when presenting your slide show.

To remove a transition:

  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.

Normally, in Slide Show view you would advance to the next slide by clicking your mouse or by pressing the spacebar or arrow keys on your keyboard. The Advance Slides setting in the Timing group allows the presentation to advance on its own and display each slide for a specific amount of time. This feature is especially useful for unattended presentations, such as those at a trade show booth.

To advance slides automatically:

  1. Select the slide you want to modify.
  2. Locate the Timing group on the Transitions tab. Under Advance Slide, uncheck the box next to On Mouse Click.
  3. In the After field, enter the amount of time you want to display the slide. In this example, we will advance the slide automatically after 1 minute and 15 seconds, or 01:15:00.
  • Select another slide and repeat the process until all slides have the desired timing. You can also click the Apply to All command to apply the same timing to all slides.

If you need to advance to the next slide before an automatic transition, you can always click the mouse or press the spacebar to advance the slides as normal.