PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transitions

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powerpoint-2010-slide-transitionsThis PowerPoint tutorial focuses on the way PowerPoint 2010 allows presenters to transition between slides during presentations. Featuring new, more graphically exciting transition effects, PowerPoint 2010 offers presenters a number of interesting ways to cleverly transition between slides, including full slide transitions and content only transitions.

This PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transitions tutorial demonstrates the new ways presenters can transition between slides.

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61 Comments to PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transitions

  1. #1

    Oliver Woollard

    9:32 pm, May 12th, 2010

    Thank you for this video – it has been really useful. I have since downloaded PowerPoint 2010 Beta. I don’t appear to be able to apply transitions to slide content like you have. Is there anything obvious i’m not doing? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

  2. #2

    Jessica Pyne

    3:18 pm, May 13th, 2010

    Thank you, Oliver – we’re glad that you’ve found it useful! Could you detail the problem you are having with the transitions? For example, have you seen an error message? If you could provide us with as much technical detail as possible, I’ll ask one of our designers to look into it for you.

  3. #3

    Oliver Woollard

    11:58 am, May 15th, 2010

    Thank you for your reply. I’m not getting any error messages – it’s not really an error that i’m experiencing, rather that i have no idea how to apply slide transitions to the slide content only. You appear to have done this in your demo and i’ve seen examples of other slideshows where the background image does not change but the ‘pan’ transition has been applied to the text and images only.
    Thanks again for your help.

  4. #4

    Jessica Pyne

    11:47 am, May 17th, 2010

    Hi, Oliver. I’ve spoken to a couple of members of our design team, and we think we’ve identified the issue. To achieve the effect you are after, only the transitions included in the ‘dynamic content’ set of transitions will animate the slide content and not the background. It is also worth noting that the slide transition applies to how the slide transitions in, rather than how it transitions out. The ‘pan’ transition is a good example of this.

    I hope this has helped. Please let us know if you are still encountering any problems!

  5. #5

    jayant kaushik

    4:32 pm, May 20th, 2010

    i’ve a problem
    i applied transition effect on every slide n den i opened d slide show
    n de n :-(
    the slides were not changing on there own, rather i have to press d next button,
    plzzz provide a solution as soon as possible

  6. #6

    Richard Goring

    2:01 pm, May 21st, 2010

    Hi Jayant,
    You need to use a function on the far right hand side of the Transition ribbon tab, within the ‘Timing’ section. By default, each slide needs a click to transition, but you can make the slide transition automatically by deselecting the ‘On Mouse Click’ check box on the top right hand corner of the ‘Timing’ section. This will mean that the slide transitions as soon as the animation on the slide has finished. You can also set a delay time, so that the slide transitions after X number of seconds. I hope that this helps and have fun with your presentation.

  7. #7


    9:07 am, May 30th, 2010

    I got my own copy of office 2010 but i noticed that the transitions are not complete, i don’t have those exciting ones my friends have, but i can only see the subtle ones. What should I do? I can’t find any transitions on the internet for download.

  8. #8


    11:29 pm, June 7th, 2010

    I’m with zerojh on this one, i havent got all the transitions, just a select few of the more simple ones, i downloaded office pro beta

  9. #9

    Jessica Pyne

    10:34 am, June 10th, 2010

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you both, James and Zerojh – I’ve discussed this with my colleague, and there are two potential reasons that you are unable to see the ‘exciting’ and ‘dynamic content’ transitions.

    The first is that you are not scrolling down fully to see the exciting transitions at the bottom. Only the subtle ones are available on the ribbon without having to open a menu – click ‘more’ in the bottom right of the transitions box to see what else is available.

    The second is that you may have downloaded an early version of the Beta software, which did not contain all the new features of PowerPoint 2010. Certain new features were rolled out during development. The solution to this would be to reinstall the software, which should have the new features added.

    Hope this helps!

  10. #10

    Robert Salmon

    4:03 pm, June 14th, 2010

    I have the full version of Office Proffesional Plus 2010 and have created a presentation using the new slide transtions, namely the new honeycomb one. However as I will be presenting it in office 2007 the animation doesn’t work.

    Is there a way to embed the animation that office 2007 will be able to run?

  11. #11


    4:04 am, June 16th, 2010

    i am creating a slideshow with timed slides and transitions. Can anyone tell me if the transition time is added to the time each slide is shown or is included in that time? In other words, if the transition duration is set to 0.5 seconds and the slide is set to advance automatically in 2 seconds, does that mean there is actually 3 seconds between slides?

  12. #12

    Richard Goring

    7:55 am, June 16th, 2010

    Hi Robert,

    Unforetunately, there isn’t a way to embed transitions native to PowerPoint 2010 into your file so that they play in previous versions of PowerPoint. They will usually change to the closest standard transition, often a simple fade.

    However, you can download the latest version of Microsoft’s PowerPoint Viewer, which does support PowerPoint 2010 transitions. You would have to install the new PowerPoint 2010 Viewer on whatever machine you are presenting on, but it takes only a few seconds and is simple to do. You can download the latest version of the PowerPoint Viewer from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=cb9bf144-1076-4615-9951-294eeb832823 or search for PowerPoint 2010 Viewer on the Microsoft website. This will then allow you to run PowerPoint 2010 transitions on any computer, when playing the slide show through the Viewer software.

  13. #13

    Richard Goring

    8:00 am, June 16th, 2010

    Hi Frank,

    The time taken for the slide transition is added to the time indicated in the ‘transition after’ timing section. So, if you set a slide to transition after 2 seconds and have a ‘fast’ speed transition to the next slide, taking 0.5 seconds, then the slide will transition after 2.5 seconds (2 + 0.5). It may also be worth noting that the slide will not transition until all animation effects have played through, so if you have 3 seconds worth of animation and set the slide to transition after 2 seconds, it will only transition once all the animation is complete, meaning the total slide time would be 3.5 seconds (3 + 0.5).

  14. #14

    Troy Geri

    1:53 pm, July 8th, 2010

    I have just installed the full version of Office Proffesional Plus 2010 Pro and I can only see some subtle transitions and when I click more on the bottom right there are only four transitions under excliting, CLock, Blinds, Checkerboard & Dissolve?

  15. #15

    Jessica Pyne

    1:42 pm, July 12th, 2010

    Thanks for the comment, Troy. I am unsure why you might not see all transitions, and it seems you are not the first to have this issue. I have contacted Microsoft with your query, and will let you know once we receive a response.

  16. #16


    7:03 pm, July 25th, 2010

    Hello, I’m making a powerpoint with music but I’m having an issue with transitioning my slides. When I click the transition I want, the transition does not transition the entires slide, just the music symbol in my slide. What am I doing wrong?

  17. #17

    Richard Goring

    9:22 am, July 27th, 2010

    Hi Nik,
    I’ve not come across your problem before, but if you check out this PowerPoint audio tutorial – it should give you some help. Whilst this focuses on inserting sound into PowerPoint 2007, 90% of all the functions are the same. They key points to note are that the only animation on the sound file itself are ‘play’ and possibly ‘pause’ or ‘stop’ and that in the Playback tab on the ribbon, you have selected ‘Play across slides’ instead of ‘Automatically’ and selected ‘Hide During Show’, both in the Audio options section. These should mean that the audio plays across multiple slides, without seeing the icon.

  18. #18

    Ali Alhaddar

    3:44 pm, July 31st, 2010

    “Animations play when I go back to a slide” (Edited)

    When you return to a slide that’s already played, PowerPoint remembers that you’ve been there, done that, so it shows you the slide as it was in its final state before you moved along to another slide in the presentation(it could be any slide). It’s a nice feature really, but I can NOT find it in the 2010 its already there in the 2007.

    Any ideas?

  19. #19

    John Bevan

    12:26 pm, August 5th, 2010

    Hi Ali. So let’s imagine you’re in Slideshow mode, and you have a jigsaw puzzle on slide 5 that builds up over a series of clicks. If you continue beyond it and through the presentation, then hit 5 – Enter during the show, it will take you back to the final ‘image’ of slide 5, showing the jigsaw in its final build state.
    If, however, instead of navigating directly to 5, you hit Home and went back to the start, or navigated to any slide before 5, your jigsaw on slide 5 would build from the start when you got to it.
    Finally, if you got halfway through building your jigsaw, and then skipped to slide 9, then skipped back to slide 5, the jigsaw would appear as you left it, half finished.
    Is that what you mean? As far as I can see this behaviour has been kept in 2010.

  20. #20

    Jessica Pyne

    12:50 pm, August 13th, 2010

    Troy – I’ve had an answer from the PowerPoint team:

    “It’s possible that they’ve purchased the release version but still have the Technical Preview installed, which only included a subset of the transitions. You may want to recommend that they uninstall Office, and re-install using CD or download link from Office.com.”

    I hope this helps!

  21. #21


    4:35 pm, March 27th, 2011

    Dudes i need to know how to show these transitions if the computer has not got office 2010 installed on it.
    None of the Pcs in my university have 2010 version thus even if i have it and i add transitions in it they dont show up in the presentation, when i am delivering my presentation in the university

  22. #22


    10:19 am, June 8th, 2011

    i’m having a problem when i use powerpoint 2010 to open presentations created using earlier versions, especially in the slide show, the animation don’t appear, it’s really annoying,
    any help?

  23. #23


    2:18 am, September 9th, 2011

    I am trying to construct a presentation using the 2010 version of powerpoint. My presentation includes video and photos. It also includes some music placed over the photo sections.
    I am wating to play the whole presention from start to finish automatically. I have inserted the video/pictures, selected ‘automatically’ in the playback menu, de-selected the ‘on mouse click’ box in animations and yet it still wont go from one slide to the next automatically.
    Please can you tell me what I am doing wrong ASAp!
    thanks so much

  24. #24

    Richard Goring

    8:56 pm, September 9th, 2011

    Muhammad and Alaa,
    This is a tricky one as you can’t embed the slide transitions into your presentation. However, you could potentially save your presentations as a PowerPoint Show (.pps file type), which may be able to maintain the slide transitions as it includes a version of the PowerPoint 2010 viewer within it. Another alternative is to download the PowerPoint 2010 viewer itself and ask to install this on the computers that you are presenting from.

    The PowerPoint 2010 viewer can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=13

    However, you may also need the SP1 update version from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=26620

    Sorry, I don’t have a non-PowerPoint 2010 PC to test this from, so I can’t tell whether you need both or just the second one. Hope that this helps,


  25. #25

    Richard Goring

    9:09 pm, September 9th, 2011


    It sounds like your music may be stopping the slides transitioning, but just to check, you need to make sure that all clicks are removed from the ‘Animation Pane’ that appears on the right hand side of the slide (accessed through the Animations tab) and that the ‘Advance Slide’ ‘On Mouse Click’ option box is deselected (which is accesed through the Transitions tab). If both of these are fine, then the third thing to do is check how your music is set to play.

    If you select your music file and then the Playback audio tool tab on the ribbon, on the right you have a drop down menu with ‘Start’ options. Default is ‘On Click’, however, you need to select ‘Play across slides’ to allow the slides to transition.

    The following two video tutorials will probably help, particularly the one about inserting audio (at about 2:45),


    Inserting Audio – http://www.m62.net/powerpoint-training/multimedia-presentations/inserting-audio-powerpoint-2007-2/

    Creating Self-running Presentations – http://www.m62.net/powerpoint-training/multimedia-presentations/self-running-presentations-powerpoint-2007/

  26. #26


    6:49 am, September 15th, 2011


    I am preparing a template for others to add content to but require the ‘Fade’ transition as the default so that when they add slides, the transition is already defined.

    Is there a setting where this option can be actioned – eg the slide master?


  27. #27

    Richard Goring

    2:20 pm, September 15th, 2011

    Hi Simon,

    You’re right. The slide master is what you need here. If you access the slide master (‘View’ tab on the ribbon > ‘Slide Master’). In PowerPoint 2010 there are usually several versions of the master slide, so select all of them. Then use the ‘Transitions’ tab on the ribbon and select a Fade transition for all of the slides.

    Now, every new slide that is created will have a Fade transition as default and has to be manually changed,


  28. #28


    1:55 pm, September 28th, 2011

    I’m using Word 2010. I’ve set up a presentation with a sound on the first slide. I want it to play throughout my whole presentation.

    If I set it to start ‘automatically’ it plays fine when i view the slideshow. However, the music stops when i move to the next slide.

    So I changed it to ‘play across all slides’ and as soon as I do this, the sound fails to play in slideshow mode. So I put it back to start ‘automatically’ and the sound works fine.

    I thought i’d get around this by getting the sound to start ‘automatically’, then go to effect options and getting it to stop after 99 slides. However, as soon as I type in ’99′ and press ok, then i find that in the playback ribbon the ‘automatically’ as disappeared and once again, the sound won’t play.

    It’s so annoying! Hope you can help.

  29. #29

    Richard Goring

    7:30 pm, September 29th, 2011

    Hi Kristen,

    Curiously, PowerPoint 2010 doesn’t provide a default ‘play audio’ function when you add a sound that you want to play over several slides. You have to add this in manually.

    You are right to use the ‘Play across all slides’ function. When you have selected this, you then need to use the Animations tab on the ribbon to add an animation effect to start the sound file playing. To do this, select the sound object and choose to add an animation. You will find that you have a series of new ‘Media’ animations that you can add. Choose the ‘Play’ animation and, as per a normal animation, move this to the point in the animation timeline that you want the sound to play. You can choose to start it automatically (no clicks) or on a click. The sound should then start playing on your first slide and continue across the rest of the slides in your presentation.

    The following tutorial based on PowerPoint 2007 may also help as it is very similar to PowerPoint 2010 (about 3:30 into the video) – http://www.m62.net/powerpoint-training/multimedia-presentations/inserting-audio-powerpoint-2007-2/


  30. #30


    11:17 pm, December 13th, 2011

    Is it possible to make an interactive powerpoint that requires a response to a question before advancing to next slide?

  31. #31

    Jessica Pyne

    6:12 pm, December 16th, 2011

    Hi Terri, you have a few options here:

    1) You can use hyperlinks to make your presentation interactive, by going to a specific slide depending on the answer selected
    2) You can use a PowerPoint add-in such as PowerQuizPoint to add quiz slides to your presentation
    3) If the presentation is for use online, you can use a presentation platform such as Brainshark to generate questions that can be used in a variety of ways.

    Depending on your usage, some of these options may prove more useful to you than others – if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch!

  32. #32

    H Sipek

    11:27 am, February 23rd, 2012

    Hi, have made a presentation using powerpoint 2010. It works well but when I close the programme and reopen it the transitions between slides no longer work. Any suggestions as to what I need to do?

  33. #33

    Jessica Pyne

    9:38 am, March 2nd, 2012

    H Sipek,

    I asked our designers about this one and without knowing more details they couldn’t be sure why this was happening. I’ve asked one of them to email you for some more information, and he should be in touch soon.

  34. #34


    8:00 am, May 15th, 2012

    i’v made a presentation using powerpoint 2010.it work well.i have equally come accros problems in some of my presentation which i will ask for ideal and answer later.Now i need to creat a presentation on transition between slides via hyperlinks.pls help

  35. #35


    6:08 pm, July 4th, 2012

    I am trying to create a slide show using music and narration on more then one slide I am using a yeti microphone to narrate the 2010 powerpoint program
    but when i try to add a transition to the slide the transitions works but holds the narration until after the transition has played through the slide
    I want the narration to start at the same time as the transition begins ?

    Any suggestions ?

  36. #36

    Jessica Pyne

    9:19 am, July 5th, 2012

    Hi Michael,

    It sounds like you are experiencing a common issue with PowerPoint narration – that it records it slide by slide. This means that there is a pause in the narration when transitioning from one slide to another (even without a ‘transition’ animation). The only way to get round this is to record your animations to run at a set time, and then record your narration as an mp3 which then plays over the entire PowerPoint file. Alternatively, you can rework your patter leaving breaks for the slide transition gaps.

  37. #37

    some random cat

    8:37 am, September 3rd, 2012

    My powerpoint (not sure which version) will not show me the transitions at all. im pretty sure its 2010, but i dont know for sure. anyway, ive done everything in my power to try and fix this problem, but i have no idea at all what i causing this. i very rarely use this program at home, but my gat is kinda due, so yeah. i kinda need this to work or im dead. its already late twice.

  38. #38

    Jessica Pyne

    3:45 pm, September 3rd, 2012

    Hi Cat, it’s hard for us to identify the problem without taking a look at your file – if you can send the file to info@m62.net with the subject line ‘PowerPoint 2010 Slide Transition Issues’ one of our designers will look into it for you.

  39. #39


    7:46 pm, September 5th, 2012

    Can you tell me how to change the default transition type in the Transitions menu? I use Random Bars for many of my transitions and the default is Random Bars Vertical while I use Random Bars Horizontal. The Effect Options button is grayed out (not available) until after the Random Bars Vertical effect is applied, then I have to click on Effect Options and change to Horizontal and apply the effect all over again. I sometimes have to do this to dozens of slides so it is quite time consuming. Is there a way to change the default to Random Bars Horizontal? I have the same problem with the Wipe transition as the default is Wipe Left whereas I want to Wipe Right.

  40. #40

    Jessica Pyne

    9:32 am, September 6th, 2012

    Hi Chuck, I’ll pass your issue on to our design team. Can you please just confirm that it is PowerPoint 2010 you’re using? Thanks.

  41. #41

    Jessica Pyne

    10:25 am, September 6th, 2012

    Hi Chuck,

    We’ve had a response from our design team:

    Thanks for your question! This should be a relatively simple issue to solve in PowerPoint 2010.

    · Select to the first slide in your deck
    · Go to the ‘Transitions’ tab in the ribbon
    · Select the ‘Random bars’ transition from the menu to apply vertical bars and then select ‘Horizontal bars’ from the effect options to the right.
    · Once this is selected for one slide, it can be applied to every slide in the deck by clicking on the ‘Apply To All’ button to the right of the options button.

    This technique works for all elements of slide behaviour – transitions, timings, slide advance method (click or auto). Once you have one slide working as you like, clicking the ‘Apply To All’ button will copy its characteristics across the whole deck.

    Many thanks,

  42. #42


    8:24 pm, September 6th, 2012

    Thanks for the advice and, yes, it is PowerPoint 2010 I’m using. For some reason, what you have suggested NOW works … I can select Random Bars, then to to Effects Options and select Horizontal. I’ll swear that the Effects Options button was grayed-out before an unavailable until PowerPoint had applied Random Bars Vertical, the apparent default. Don’t know why it now works but after many weeks of not working, I’m grateful! Many thanks!

  43. #43

    Jessica Pyne

    10:13 am, September 7th, 2012

    Glad to hear it’s now working for you, Chuck! If there’s ever anything else we can help you with, please let us know!

  44. #44

    some random cat

    5:23 am, September 16th, 2012

    How did you get horizontal random bars in the first place chuck?

  45. #45

    some random cat

    5:27 am, September 16th, 2012

    My transitions aree working again for no reason. I think it may have been the update, but who knows?

  46. #46

    Jessica Pyne

    9:18 am, September 18th, 2012

    Hi Cat, glad you solved your issue! If you are still encountering difficulties, please do let us know.

  47. #47

    some random cat

    12:09 am, October 28th, 2012

    Itd be nice if they had one of these pages for Wix.com!

  48. #48


    6:21 pm, November 17th, 2012

    How do I transition between two Custom Slideshows? Slideshow A will transition between slides automatically, then upon a mouse-click I want to transition to Slideshow B.

  49. #49

    Jessica Pyne

    11:02 am, November 20th, 2012

    Hi Dan,

    Our design team have had a look into this and they think it’s possible to do what you’re looking for, but perhaps using a different method. If you could give us some more info on exactly how you need your deck to function we should be able to help. Do you want to link two separate presentations together back to back? And do you want the first section to animate automatically, but the second to animate with clicks?

    If you could get back to us with more details, we’ll look into this for you!

  50. #50


    1:44 pm, November 26th, 2012

    When creating a presentation in PPT2010, is there a way to know how it will look in PPT2007? I know 2007 version defaults some 2010 transitions back to more basic 2007 styles. How can I tell which transitions and/or font styles are supported in 2007, while I work in my 2010?

  51. #51


    3:43 pm, November 26th, 2012

    Jessica, your observation is precisely what we need to do – let the first set of slides (1-5) automatically progress from one to another,looping back to the beginning and repeating unattended until a mouse-click is entered. This mouse click would progress the deck to a 2nd set of slides (6-20) which would be manually transitioned from one to another with subsequent mouse clicks. It doesn’t matter if these slideshows are in separate files or the same file. Nor does it matter which approach is taken. Thanks!

  52. #52

    Harry Wilson

    9:07 am, November 27th, 2012

    Hi Mark, I’ve submitted this question to one of our designers and should have an answer for you soon!

  53. #53

    Harry Wilson

    12:15 pm, November 28th, 2012

    Hi Mark, Just had this response from one of our senior designers:

    Aside from improved functionality, the differences between PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 are largely superficial, there shouldn’t be many (if any compatibility) issues between the two. The more advanced, Dynamic Content, transitions unique to 2010 should translate to simple fade animations in 2007.

    Regarding fonts, it’s really dependent on the fonts that are installed on the system on which the presenter is viewing the presentation rather than the PowerPoint version. We generally advise sticking to variations of Arial or, on occasion, a small selection of fonts universally included with Windows – Calibri, Century Gothic etc. to ensure maximum compatibility. If you need to use a specific font for branding purposes, it’s important to ensure the font is installed on both the production machine and the viewing machine(s). If this is the case, you shouldn’t have a problem between the two versions of the program.

  54. #54

    Jessica Pyne

    11:49 am, November 29th, 2012

    Hi Dan, I’ve had a response from our design team on this matter but it is very detailed so I’ll email it over to you! Hope this helps.

  55. #55


    5:28 am, March 6th, 2013

    Hi, I have made a presentation in Microsoft PP home and student 2010. My animations and all are working great. I have inserted videos to go with certain slides and the start when I hit the video button that I have inserted. However, I would like to return to the next slide for discussion after the video has finished showing, without having to use the mouse and menu system. Could you give some advice on how to do that please?

  56. #56

    Harry Wilson

    3:45 pm, March 6th, 2013

    Hi Su, This is actually really easy to do. Pressing the up arrow key will take you back a slide whilst the down will take you forward! Hope this helps

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