PowerPoint 2013 Tutorial Applying Transitions


There are three categories of unique transitions to choose from, all of which can be found on the Transitions tab:
  • Subtle: These are the most basic types of transitions. They use simple animations to move between slides.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Subtle transitions
  • Exciting: These use more complex animations to transition between slides. While they're more visually interesting than Subtle transitions, adding too many can make your presentation look less professional. However, when used in moderation, they can add an nice touch between important slides.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Exciting transitions
  • Dynamic Content: If you're transitioning between two slides that use similar slide layouts, dynamic transitions will move only the placeholders, not the slides themselves. When used correctly, dynamic transitions can help to unify your slides and add a further level of polish to your presentation.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Dynamic transitions

Applying a Transition:

  1. Select the desired slide from the Slide Navigation pane. This is the slide that will appear after the transition.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a slide
  2. Click the Transitions tab, then locate the Transition to This Slide group. By default, None is applied to each slide.
  3. Click the More drop-down arrow to display all transitions.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  4. Click a transition to apply it to the selected slide. This will automatically preview the transition.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a transition
You can use the Apply To All command in the Timing group to apply the same transition to all slides in your presentation. Keep in mind that this will modify any other transitions you've applied.
Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Applying the same transition to all slides

Preview a Transition:

You can preview the transition for a selected slide at any time, using either of these two methods:
  • Click the Preview command on the Transitions tab.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Preview command
  • Click the Play Animations command in the Slide Navigation pane.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Play Animations command in the Slide Navigation pane

About Modifying Transitions

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 wish to modify.
  2. Click the Effect Options command and choose the desired option. These options will vary depending on the selected transition.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Modifying a transition effect
  3. 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 wish to modify.
  2. In the Duration field in the Timing group, enter the desired time for the transition. In this example, we'll increase the time to 2 seconds, or 02.00, to make the transition slower.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Modifying the transition duration

To Add Sound:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you wish 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.
    Adding a sound to a transition
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.

How to remove a Transition:

  1. Select the slide with the transition you wish to remove.
  2. Choose None from the Transition to This Slide group. The transition will be removed.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Removing a transition from a slide
Now, to remove transitions from all slides, apply the None transition to a slide and then click the Apply to All command.

PowerPoint 2013 Applying Theme

In PowerPoint 2010 or 2013 any theme is a predefined combination of colors, fonts, and effects. Different themes also use different slide layouts. You've already been using a theme, even if you didn't know it: the default Office theme. You can choose from a variety of new themes at any time, giving your entire presentation a consistent, professional look.

About Theme Components

Every PowerPoint theme, including the default Office theme, has its own theme elements. Those elements are:
  • Theme Colors: There are ten theme colors, along with darker and lighter variations, available from every Color menu.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Theme Colors
  • Theme Fonts: There are two theme fonts available at the top of the Font menu under Theme Fonts.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Theme Fonts
  • Theme Effects: These affect the preset shape styles. You can find shape styles on the Format tab whenever you select a shape or SmartArt graphic.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Theme Effects

Why we use Themes?

If you're using a theme, you'll probably find that your presentation looks pretty good. All of the colors will work well together, which means you won't have to spend as much time formatting your presentation. But there's another great reason to use theme elements: when you switch to a different theme, all of those elements will update to reflect the new theme. You can drastically change the look of your presentation in a few clicks.
Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Wisp theme and the Integral theme
In our examples above, you can see the effect of applying different themes to the same slide—each theme uses its own fonts and colors. But you may have also noticed that the font and colors of the logo in the bottom-right remained unchanged: that's because they're Standard Colors and Fonts rather than theme elements. Colors and fonts will only update if you're using Theme Fonts or Theme Colors.

Themes and Slide Layouts

As you can see from the two different Title Slides above, themes can also change various slide layouts. Some themes, like the Wisp theme in the example below, even include additional layouts.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013 
Wisp theme slide layouts and Integral theme slide layouts
If you use a unique slide layout, such as Quote with Caption or Name Card, and then switch to a theme that does not include that layout, it may give unexpected results.

Applying Themes

All themes included in PowerPoint are located in the Themes group on the Design tab. Themes can be applied or changed at any time.

To Apply a Theme:

  1. Select the Design tab on the Ribbon, then locate the Themes group. Each image represents a theme.
  2. Click the More drop-down arrow to see all of the available themes.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. Select the desired theme
  4. Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a theme
  5. The theme will be applied to the entire presentation. To apply a different theme, simply select it from the Design tab.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The applied theme
Once you've applied a theme, you can also select a variant for that theme from the Variants group. Variants use different theme colors while preserving a theme's overall look. Some variants also use different textures, as in the example below.
Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Applying a theme variant in presentation

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