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Slide Transition Effect Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Explore slide transition effect options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






By default, no transitions are applied to any slide. However, once you apply a transitions to your slides, you can tweak them aplenty. You can adjust the duration and timing of any transition, and even add a sound that will play while the slide transition happens. In addition, you can also play with some more options providing more control over the transition style applied to the slide. These are all placed in a single broad category called Effect Options. These Effect Options, as the very name indicates are related to the individual transition effects, and options may differ for each effect. Further, each transition effect may or may not provide Effect Options. These Effect Options enable you to have more control over the transition style applied to the slide. Follow these steps to explore Effect Options for slide transitions in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Navigate to a slide that already has a transition applied. Access the Transitions tab of the Ribbon, and click the Effect Options button, highlighted in red in Figure 1.

    Effect Options button
    Figure 1: Effect Options button
  2. This brings up a drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2. Note that your Effect Options gallery may look different than what you see in Figure 2. This is because each transition effect has its own unique set of variations. For this tutorial we choose a slide that had the Wipe transition effect applied. So, the 8 effect options you see in Figure 2 below relate to that transition effect.

    Effect Options drop-down gallery
    Figure 2: Effect Options drop-down gallery

    Note: Depending on the slide transition effect applied, you may or may not see any Effect Options. Some transition effects like Flash, Dissolve, and Honeycomb provide no Effect Options, and, will display a grayed out Effect Options button, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 3.

    Effect Options grayed out
    Figure 3: Effect Options grayed out
  3. Select any of the effect options within the drop-down gallery. Instantly, PowerPoint will provide a preview of the transition effect option you clicked on. Similarly, play with the different effect options to ascertain which one works best for you.
  4. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Slide Transition Effect Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Slide Transition Effect Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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