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(in which slides transmogrify with a moving checkerboard effect). Even with all this
variety, though, it’s a good idea to rely on simple transitions and use the pyrotech-
How transitions work
Transitions, as the term implies, appear in the spaces between slides in a show. To
add a transition in PowerPoint, you ﬁrst need to specify the location by selecting the
slide that begins the switcheroo. If, for example, you want to insert a transition be-
tween the fourth and ﬁfth slides in a show, select slide four in one of the following
• In Normal view, click in the outline heading.
• In Slide view, summon the slide.
• In Slide Sorter view, click the slide thumbnail.
After selecting a slide, you can add a transition in any of several ways:
• On the Formatting Palette, scroll down the Transition pop-up menu and pick the
transition you want to use.
• Choose Slide Show→Slide Transition; or in Slide Sorter view, Control-click a
slide and choose Slide Transition from the contextual menu.
The Slide Transition dialog box appears, offering a pop-up menu with a list of
transitions. Scroll down the list and make your choice, then click Apply.
• In Slide Sorter view, use the Slide Sorter toolbar that appears automatically; it
offers a Transitions pop-up menu.
Kinds of transitions
Although you’ll probably end up using simple cuts and other tried-and-true favor-
ites over the course of your slide show career, PowerPoint dangles before you a mouth-
wateringly long list of special effects. They fall into two general categories: PowerPoint
transitions (those that come with the program) and QuickTime transitions, which
are part of Apple’s QuickTime movie software. The method used for retrieving them
is slightly different, but in practice, PowerPoint and QuickTime transitions work
the same way.
Avoiding the Cheese Factor
PowerPoint makes it easy to load up your presentations
with funky transitions, sounds, and other cheesy gimmicks.
But with power comes responsibility. While you may be
tempted to show off all the program’s entertaining fea-
tures in a single presentation, bear in mind that old design
adage: Less is more. It’s usually best to keep your transi-
tions and sounds simple and your designs basic. That way,
you won’t distract the audience from the important part of
the presentation—your message—with a bunch of dazzling
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