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Transitions and animations are more advanced functions, but they can be very helpful even now, as you are just getting started.

Unobtrusive slide transitions can keep the eyes of your audience on the screen between slides. A simple animation, like a fade or wipe, can introduce your slide elements as you get to them without being too flashy or annoying.

To use transitions or simple animation:

  1. Click the Slide Sorter View button.

    All your slides will be displayed as thumbnails (Figure 2.30).

  2. Figure 2.30Figure 2.30 In Slide Sorter view, you can quickly add transitions to selected slides.

  3. To quickly add transitions to all of your slides, choose Select All or click Ctrl+A; then choose a transition from the Slide Transition task pane.

    You will see a preview of the effect on the selected slides.

  4. To add an animation scheme (for example, having all elements fade in, one at a time), you can select the slides in Slide Sorter view and choose the animation scheme from the Slide Design – Animation Schemes task pane (Figure 2.31).

  5. Figure 2.31Figure 2.31 Add an animation scheme to one slide or to all of them.


Animation schemes are divided into three categories: subtle, moderate, and exciting. You could apply exciting effects to all of your bullets...please don't, lest your audience might think they took a wrong turn and ended up at the circus.

Animation schemes are complete packaged sequences. (You will learn about customized animations in Chapter 15, "Producing a Slide Show.")

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