Building movement into PowerPoint is easy and that may be its own worst enemy. Don't fall too much in love with the special effects and gadgetry that's available. Remember, PowerPoint doesn't give presentations - people give presentations.
- Move to a slide with some bullets.
- Highlight the first bullet item.
- Click on the small down triangle at the top left corner of the Task Pane. Select Custom Animation
- Click the Add Effect button
- Choose Entrance.
- Choose Fly In.
- In the Modify section, Change Direction to From Left.
- Change Speed to Fast.
- Highlight each bullet item and repeat for the other bullets.
Transitions are visual movements as we advance from slide to slide in our show.
- Go to the Slide Sorter button at the bottom left area of your screen. Click on the button with four white squares. Then highlight slide one in the sorter.
- Change the Task Pane using the down arrow. Select Slide Transitions.
- Click on one of the transition choices. As you click, keep your eyes on the slide sorter. Each time you make another selection, you will see the transition effect.
- Notice the Modify transition area below the choices. Change the speed from Fast to Slow. You may also add a sound, but use sparingly.
- Repeat this process. As you select a transition, it will become the transition for that selected slide. Or, you can use Apply to All Slides.
- Try it out. Go ahead and run/play your slide show again. See how you like the transitions. Adjust as necessary.
Run the Show
so let's try it out...
- Return to your first slide using the left-hand pane -or- scroll the elevator bar.
- From the View menu, select Slide Show -or- click on the small Slide Show button in the button bar at the lower left of the screen.
- Advance through your show any of the following ways:
- tap the space bar
- tap the Enter key
- tap the right arrow key
- click the mouse button
- End the show at any time by clicking the Esc key on your keyboard.
- Go backward to a previous slide any of the following ways:
- tap the Backspace key
- tap the left arrow key
- right-click the mouse for a contextual menu and choose Previous slide.
- Temporarily blacken the screen by clicking the "b" key on your keyboard. Bring the show back by clicking the "w" key.