Transitions in earlier versions of PowerPoint

When you apply transitions to a presentation in PowerPoint 2011, they may not display as expected if you open the presentation in PowerPoint 2008 or earlier.

Some of the transitions available in PowerPoint 2011 are not supported in earlier versions. When PowerPoint does not support or recognize a transition, a default transition is used instead. The default transition in PowerPoint 2008 is Fade, and the default transition in PowerPoint 2004 is Cut.

Note: To find transitions in your presentation that are not compatible with earlier versions, on the View menu, click Compatibility Report. Click Check Document, and then click a result to select the incompatible item in the presentation.

When you apply a transition in PowerPoint 2011 and then open the presentation in an earlier version, PowerPoint substitutes the default transition for the following:

  • Box

  • Clock (Counterclockwise effect only)

  • Conveyor

  • Cube

  • Doors

  • Droplet

  • Ferris Wheel

  • Flash

  • Flip

  • Fly Through

  • Gallery

  • Glitter

  • Honeycomb

  • Orbit

  • Pan

  • Reveal

  • Ripple

  • Rotate

  • Shred

  • Switch

  • Vortex (except the From Top-Right effect)

  • Window

  • Zoom

Note: PowerPoint 2011 and PowerPoint 2008 both have transitions called Cube and Flip; however, they only display as expected in the version in which they are applied.

See also

Add, edit, or remove transitions

Turn off Compatibility Report

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