Add, edit, or remove transitions between slides in PowerPoint for Mac

Slides that snap from one to the next can be jarring to an audience. If you want the pace of your presentation to feel more controlled and flowing, add transitions between slides. Everything you need is on the Transitions tab.

Add a transition to a slide

  1. In the Thumbnail Pane, click the slide that you want to apply a transition to. The transition setting determines how a slide enters, and how the one before it exits. In the example below, applying a Fade transition to slide 3 means that slide 2 fades out, and slide 3 fades in.

    Select the slide you want to add a transition to in the Thumbnail pane
  2. On the Transitions tab, find the effect that you want in the Transition gallery. Click the down arrow to see the entire gallery. Click the effect that you want for that slide and to see a preview.

  3. Click Transitions > Effect Options to change how the transition occurs – for example, what direction the slide enters from.

  4. Enter a time at Duration to set how fast the transition goes. Set the number higher to make the transition go slower.

  5. Click Preview to see what the transition looks like with all the settings.

    Preview button on Transitions tab

    Tip: If you want all slides in the presentation to transition the same way, click Apply To All in the ribbon.
    Apply to all button on Transitions tab

Remove a transition

  • Click the slide with the transition you want to remove. Then on the Transitions tab, in the Transitions gallery, click None.

    Transition remove highlighted

Remember that a transition determines how a slide enters, and how the previous slide exits. So if (for example) you don't want slide 2 to have an exit effect, you must remove the transition from slide 3.

Tip: You can tell which slides have a transition effect applied by looking for the transition icon in the Thumbnail pane.
A shooting star icon shows that a slide has a transition effect applied

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Why?

Transitions make moving between slides more visually interesting. You can easily apply the same transition to all slides, including the effects and options you've selected for that transition.

Apply a transition to all slides

  1. On the Transitions tab, under Transition to This Slide, click the transition that you want — Fade, for example.

    Transitions tab, Transition to This Slide group

    To see more transitions, point to a transition, and then click More Down Arrow .

  2. To vary the transition, such as the direction it moves on the screen, click Effect Options, and then select the variation you want. Or, you can change other options such as duration, sound, or advancing the slide.

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  3. Under Apply To, click All Slides.

    Transitions tab, Apply to group

Add a transition to a slide

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide that you want to apply a transition to.

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Transitions tab, under Transition to This Slide, click the transition that you want to apply.

    Transitions tab, Transition to This Slide group

    To see more transitions, point to a transition, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Tip: To change to a different variation of the transition, such as the direction it moves on the screen, click Effect Options, and then select the variation you want.

Change the duration of the transition

  1. On the navigation pane, select the slide or slides with the transitions that you want to change.

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.To select multiple slides, hold down COMMAND  as you click the slides. Or, if you organized your slides into sections, select a whole group of slides by clicking the section title. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Transitions tab, under Transition to This Slide, in the Duration box, type the number of seconds or minutes that you want the transition to last.

    Transitions tab, Transition to This Slide group

Add a sound

  1. On the navigation pane, select the slide or slides with the transitions that you want to change.

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.To select multiple slides, hold down COMMAND  as you click the slides. Or, if you organized your slides into sections, select a whole group of slides by clicking the section title. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Transitions tab, under Transition to This Slide, on the Sound pop-up menu, click a sound effect.

    Transitions tab, Transition to This Slide group

    Tip: To play your own sound, click Other Sound on the pop-up menu to locate the sound file.

Select how to advance slides

  1. On the navigation pane, select the slide or slides with the transitions that you want to change.

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.To select multiple slides, hold down COMMAND  as you click the slides. Or, if you organized your slides into sections, select a whole group of slides by clicking the section title. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Transitions tab, under Advance Slide, select the On Mouse Click or the After check box.

    Transitions tab, Advance Slide group

    If you select the After check box, type the number of seconds.

Remove transitions

  1. In the navigation pane, select the slide or slides with the transitions that you want to remove.

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.To select multiple slides, hold down COMMAND  as you click the slides. Or, if you organized your slides into sections, select a whole group of slides by clicking the section title. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Transitions tab, under Transition to This Slide, click None.

    None

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