Sometimes you will create a presentation in Powerpoint that is going to be shown someplace where it will be unattended.
This could be at a trade show, in an office, or anywhere else where there is a TV or computer screen.
Constantly having to restart that slideshow yourself is often impractical, and would be tedious even if you were physically able to attend to it.
Fortunately it’s possible to create a slideshow loop in Powerpoint so that the presentation will play continuously once it has concluded.
Our guide below will show you how to create a Powerpoint slideshow loop in Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365.
How to Make a Powerpoint Slideshow Loop
The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Powerpoint for Office 365 version of the application, but will work in most other versions of the application as well.
Note that the presentation can loop on its own, but you may need to adjust any screensaver or hibernation settings on your computer so that the screen will remain on.
Step 1: Open your slideshow in Powerpoint.
Step 2: Click the Slide Show tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Set Up Slide Show button.
Step 4: Check the box to the left of Loop continuously until Esc, then click OK.
Step 5: Click your first slide in the column at the left side of the window, then hold down the Shift key, scroll down and click the last slide.
Step 6: Select the Transitions tab at the top of the window.
Step 7: Click the box to the left of On Mouse Click to remove the check mark, check the box to the left of After, then choose the amount of time to display each slide.
I have set my slideshow to display each slide for 5 seconds in the image above.
You can start your slideshow at any time by pressing the F5 key on your keyboard.
You can stop the slideshow by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard.
Find out how to change your slide size in Powerpoint if you need a different orientation or slide dimensions for your presentation.
Matt Jacobs has been working as an IT consultant for small businesses since receiving his Master’s degree in 2003. While he still does some consulting work, his primary focus now is on creating technology support content for SupportYourTech.com.
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