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All About Slide Transitions in Presentation Software

Tips and Common Mistakes When Using Slide Transitions In Presentations

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What is a Slide Transition?

A slide transition is the visual motion when one slide changes to the next during a presentation. By default, one slide simply replaces the previous one on screen, much the same way that a slide show of photographs would change from one to the next. Most presentation software programs provide many different transition effects that you can use to liven up your slide show.

What are the Slide Transition Choices?

Transitions range from a simple Cover Down, where the next slide covers the current one from the top of the screen, to a Wheel Clockwise where the new slide spins in like spokes on a wheel to cover the previous one. You can also have slides dissolve into each other, push each other off the screen, or open up like horizontal or vertical blinds.

Common Mistakes When Using Slide Transitions

While all this choice may seem like a great thing, common mistakes made are to use too many transitions, or to use one that doesn’t fit well with the subject matter. In most cases, find one transition that doesn’t detract from the presentation and use it throughout the show.

Add a Different Slide Transition to Slides Needing Special Emphasis

If there is a slide that needs special emphasis, you might consider using a separate transition for it, but don’t choose a separate transition for each slide. Your slide show will look amateurish and your audience will quite likely be distracted from the presentation itself, as they wait and watch for the next transition.

Slide Transitions are Finishing Touches

Slide Transitions are one of the many finishing touches to a presentation. Wait until you have the slides edited and arranged in the preferred order before setting animations.

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