Adding Transitions Between Slides
You can specify how quickly a slide transition plays. Set up slide transitions in the
Transition pane of the Slide inspector.
Set the transition direction.
Choose how to initiate
Click to preview
The Slide inspector button
Choose a transition.
Some transitions have
Set how much time it takes
to complete the transition.
Set how much time to wait
until transitions that start
automatically begin playing.
To add a transition effect after a selected slide:
Click Inspector in the toolbar, and then click the Slide inspector button. Click Transition.
Choose an option from the Effect pop-up menu, where transitions are grouped by
type, as described below.
If you see “Effects that can’t play on this computer,” these transitions require an
advanced graphics card in your computer.
Some transition styles work best with particular types of content. These “content-
aware” transitions create effects based on the images or text on your slides. The first
three sets of transitions described below are content-aware transitions.
Magic Move: Moves and resizes graphics and text that appear both on the current
slide and the following slide. During the transition, the objects are moved into their
new position and size on the following slide. This transition only works when you use
an identical image, shape, or text box in a different location or with a different size on
the next slide.
Text Effects: Moves the individual letters on the slide as the text on one slide
transitions to the text on the following slide. Text effects are best used when
transitioning between two slides containing prominent text. An example of a text
effect is the Anagram transition.
Object Effects: Moves all the graphics on the slide at once, as it moves them
on or off the slide. Object effects are best used between two slides containing
3D Effects: Creates three-dimensional visual effects that move one slide off the screen
as the next slide moves on. These effects don’t depend on the content of the slide but
may require an advanced graphics card to play smoothly.
2D Effects: Creates two-dimensional visual effects that move one slide off the screen
as the next moves on.
Recent Effects: Keeps a list of the last five transitions you’ve used, making it easy to
select effects again as you add new slides.
To preview the transition in the inspector window, click the thumbnail image in the
Or click Play in the toolbar to watch the animation in full screen.
To change how much time it takes to complete the transition, type a value in the
Duration field (or click the arrows).
Choose an option from the Direction pop-up menu (not applicable for all effects).
Choose an option from the Start Transition pop-up menu.
If you want to initiate the transition only after you click to advance to the next slide, choose
If you want the transition to begin automatically after the current slide has been displayed
for a set amount of time, choose Automatically. In the Delay field, specify how long to
linger on the current slide before initiating the transition to the next slide.
If you chose an effect with additional options (such as Mosaic, Swap, or Fade Through
Color), select the settings you want.
If your Cube or Flip transitions appear clipped when you play your slideshow: Parts of Cube
and Flip transitions might not be visible if “Scale slides up to fit display” is selected
in the Slideshow pane of Keynote preferences. To ensure that these transitions aren’t
clipped during your slideshow, either deselect “Scale slides up to fit display” or select
one or both of the “Reduce transitions to avoid clipping” options in the Slideshow
preferences pane. (Choose Keynote > Preferences, and then click Slideshow.)