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Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about Dynamic Content transitions in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






Dynamic Content transitions are new transition effects in PowerPoint 2010 (these also work in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac). When these transitions are applied to your slide, the actual transition occurs on all areas of the slide except the backgrounds. This makes your content move independently on and off the screen. PowerPoint 2010 provides seven different transition effects within the Dynamic Content category. Do experiment with these options for direction and timing to create some great looking presentations.

Open any presentation that already has a few slides of content -- it is helpful if your slides have a background that's not just a solid color, as in the example slides you see later in Figure 1 on this page. Thereafter, follow these steps to add Dynamic Content transitions to one or more slides:

  1. Navigate to the slide to which you want to add a dynamic 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.

    Slides selected within the Slide Sorter view
    Figure 1: Slides selected within the Slide Sorter view
  2. Access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, and click the down-arrow (highlighted in red in Figure 2 below) within the Transition to This Slide group.

    More button within the Transition to This Slide group
    Figure 2: More button within the Transition to This Slide group
  3. This will bring up a drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3 below. Locate the Dynamic Content category (highlighted in red in Figure 3) and select any transition effect within this category.

    Dynamic Content category within the Slide Transitions gallery
    Figure 3: Dynamic Content category within the Slide Transitions gallery
  4. As you select the transition effect within this gallery, you will see a Live Preview of the transition on the active slide (this preview looks better in the Normal view rather than Slide Sorter view). Learn more basic techniques on transitions in our tutorials on Slide Transitions, Slide Transition Duration, and Effect Options.
  5. 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 click the Apply To All button located within the Transitions tab (highlighted in red in Figure 4, below).

    Apply to All button within the Transitions tab
    Figure 4: Apply to All button within the Transitions tab
  6. Save and play your presentation. The sample presentation embedded below shows sample slides applied with all the 7 Dynamic Transition effects: Pan, Ferris Wheel, Conveyor, Rotate, Window, Orbit, and Fly Through.

See also: Conversation with Glenna Shaw on Dynamic Content Transition in PowerPoint 2010.

Sample presentation shows all the Dynamic Transition effects available in PowerPoint 2010.

Click below to view this presentation on YouTube

See Also:

Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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