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Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn about Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






Dynamic Content transitions are new transitions effects introduced in PowerPoint 2011 on the Mac side, they already existed within PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. When a Dynamic Content transition is applied to your slide, it will work on the entire slide content at a time, but not on the slide background. This makes the transition occur on your content that moves independently on and off the screen. PowerPoint 2011 provides seven effects for Dynamic Content transitions. Experiment with these effects for direction and timing to create some great looking presentations.

Make sure you have a presentation with some slide background and content. It is helpful if your slides have a background that's not just a solid color, as in the example slides shown in Figure 1 below. To know more about how to format slide backgrounds refer to our Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial. Thereafter, follow these steps to add dynamic content transition to one or more slides:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to the slide to which you want to add 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 required slides, as shown in Figure 1.

    Slides selected within the Slide Sorter view
    Figure 1: Slides selected within the Slide Sorter view
  2. With the slides selected, access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, and locate the Transition to This Slide group. In this group hover the cursor over the slide transition thumbnail previews to bring up a down-arrow button (More button) as shown in Figure 2 (highlighted in red).

    More button within the Transition to This Slide group
    Figure 2: More button within the Transition to This Slide group
  3. Click the More button to open the Transitions drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 3. Within the Transitions gallery, locate the Dynamic Content category (highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    Dynamic Content category within the Slide Transitions gallery
    Figure 3: Dynamic Content category within the Slide Transitions gallery
  4. Click on the transition effect of your choice within Dynamic Content category. You will see a 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 All Slides button located within the Apply To group of Transitions tab as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

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

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

Sample presentation shows all the Dynamic Transition effects available:

Click below to view this presentation on YouTube

See Also:

Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Dynamic Content Transitions in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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