PowerPoint XP: Adding Transition

Lesson 15: Adding Transition



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Add a transition
  • Set up a slide show
  • Preview a slide show

Adding a transition

Once you've completed all of your slides, you can create a cohesive presentation by adding transitions. You can move from slide to slide with interesting transitions that affect the timing, entrance, and exit of your slides. A transition is an effect that is applied to some or all of the slides in a presentation.

To make transitions from slide to slide:

  • Click Slide Show Slide Transition.

Click on Slide Show, choose Slide Transition


  • In the task pane, click the down-pointing arrow next to New Presentation Slide Transition.

Choose Slide Transition in the Task Pane

  • In the Slide Transition pane, choose the effect you want from the drop-down menu.
  • Automatically preview each transition by clicking on it. AutoPreview must be selected for this to work.
  • Click Apply to All when you have chosen an effect.
  • Choose to advance from slide to slide on mouse click or automatically after the number of seconds you select.
  • To see how your transition works, preview the slide show. You will learn more about this later in this lesson.

 Some transitions works well with effects that have been added to text and graphics. Others do not. Preview a variety of transitions before finalizing your slide presentation.

Previewing a slide show

If you want to get an idea of what you completed show will look like to an audience, preview it. PowerPoint allows you to view your show in slide show format.

To preview a slide show:

  • Click View Slide Show or press F5.

Click on Slide Show, choose Slide Transition


  • Click Slide Show View Show.

Choose Slide Transition in the Task Pane


  • Click the Slide Show button  to start the presentation.
  • To move to the next slide, click the mouse, the space bar, or the Enter key.
  • When the screen goes dark, click the screen to return to the PowerPoint screen.
  • You can exit the slide show by pressing ESC on the keyboard at any time.

 If you have set the slides to advance automatically, you don't need to click through the slides. Just sit back and enjoy the show. At the end of the show, left-click to return to the PowerPoint screen.

Setting up a slide show

Once you have added created a presentation and previewed it, you can set up a show. It's important to take the necessary steps to make sure your slides are ready for a real audience.

To set up a slide show:

  • Click Slide Show Set Up Show.

Click on Slide Show, choose Slide Transition

  • The Set Up Show dialog box appears.

Set Up Show dialog boz

  • Choose your show type. Typically, it's presented by a speaker.
  • Choose which slides you will show.
  • Choose show options. You can leave these blank unless you're planning to run a show continuously at a kiosk or want to show it without animation.
  • Decide how you plan to advance your slides.
  • Click OK.


  • Open the presentation Tips for Getting Organized.
  • Add a transition.
  • Create your slide show, and preview it in Slide Show view.
  • Set up your show.