Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add transition effects to the slides in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Slide transitions do more than causing some movement between one slide and the next -- you can actually do a
slide transition that is abrupt without any effect or you could look at any of the transition effects, all the
way from simple fades and wipes to something that does not cause a vertigo! In addition, you can set timings for
transitions and also accompanied by transition sounds. There is plenty to learn, and unlearn!
Whatever transition effect you may add, remember these basic concepts:
- Transition effects happen when the slide shows up.
- Transition speed influences how long it takes to transit from one slide to another.
- Transition timings indicate how long the slide shows on screen -- most slides that are presented during
sessions or conferences do not have any fixed transition timings since speakers don’t know exactly how long they
will end up speaking while a particular slide is shown. In this case, a mere mouse click takes them to the next
- Transitions can have sounds, and this is one of those PowerPoint features that you should never use unless
you have a compelling reason to do so!
Adding a Slide Transition
Follow these steps to add a slide transition to one or more slides in PowerPoint 2013:
- Navigate to the slide to which you want to add a transition. If you want to add a similar transition effect
to more than one slide, access PowerPoint's
Slide Sorter view and select
the slides you need, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Slides selected within the Slide Sorter view
- Access the Transitions tab of the
Ribbon, and click the down arrow
(highlighted in red within Figure 2 below) within the
Transition to This Slide group.
Figure 2: More button within the Transition to This Slide group
- This will bring up a drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3 below. You will see that
the transitions are divided into three categories: Subtle, Exciting, and
Dynamic Content. We suggest you to select a transition effect from the Subtle
category to start with -- we chose the Fade effect (refer to Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Slide Transitions gallery
- If you want to add the same transition effect to all slides in your presentation (as opposed to just the
active or selected slides), then, after selecting the transition effect, click the Apply To All button located within the Transitions tab (highlighted in red within
Figure 4, below).
Figure 4: Apply to All button within the Transitions tab
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