Have you ever looked at the transition effects in PowerPoint  and thought: “Wow, I wonder if anyone actually uses those”. Well, some people take this as an opportunity to use them. And it usually looks pretty… unique. Using most of these effects isn’t always that bad though. Here, we will be looking at which transition effects you should use and which ones you might want to avoid.

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(This is a demo featuring some of the many Transition Effects available in PowerPoint 2013)

What Are Transition Effects?

A transition effect is basically an animation that is shown when going from one slide to another. Slides can change from one to another in a flash, but a smooth transition is easier on the eyes and lets people know that the slide just changed.

Does Using The Transition Effect Help You?

Transition effects are used to keep the audience’s attention on the presentation. They don’t essentially help the audience understand the subject matter. Therefore, they should be used carefully.

Some Transition Effects Are Distracting

Unique effects can be distracting, especially when they repeat. You may think that using unique slide transitions (like checkerboard or wagon wheel) gives people something new to look at, but its usually just interpreted as the slide designer being really new to PowerPoint or computers in general.

So, What Slide Transitions Do I Use Then?

Slide transitions are useful when they help the audience focus. Best transitions for presentations are simple ones like a half-a-second fade or dissolve effect. These effects let people know that the slide has changed while also keeping their attention on the screen. These effects can also be used to surprise people sometimes.

I Wanna See Even More Transition Effects!

That being said, we hope that future versions of PowerPoint give us even more transition effects to play with. And hopefully some new useful ones will be added in the next version of PowerPoint.

Good Luck and Have A Great Day 🙂