How to Make Slides Continue to Play

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If you want to share your ideas or market your products and services inexpensively, a slide show may be the way to go. You can save on printing costs and showcase an eye-catching presentation by displaying the slides on a computer or projector. When you set your slides to play continually, you don't have to click through each slide manually to advance to the next slide. Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to create slides that play continually with a few clicks of your mouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Create a new slide or open an existing one. To create a new slide, select "File, New" and proceed to the "New Presentation" task pane. You may choose to create a blank presentation, use the design template or the AutoContent wizard.

  • Use the design template or AutoContent wizard if you're new to PowerPoint or want to make the slides quickly. Then replace the title and content within each slide by selecting them on the slide and adding the content you want to use.

  • Open the "Slide Transition" pane by selecting "Slide Show, Slide Transition." Then pick the slides you want to animate from the slide thumbnails in the left pane.

  • Choose your slide transition from the "Slide Transition" pane or leave your slide transition unanimated by choosing "No Transition.

  • Select the slide transition slide from "Modify transition" and place a check mark by "On Mouse Click" and "Automatically After" to allow the slide to change with either option. Selecting "Automatically After" will allow your slides to play automatically without the mouse.

  • Add the number of seconds for the slide transition under "Automatically After" and click on "Apply to All Slides" if you want to apply the slide transition to every slide.

  • Select "Slide Show, Set Up Show" from the menu and choose the show type you want to use in the "Set Up Show" dialog box.

  • Place a check mark by "Loop Continuously Until Esc" under "Show Options." Your slides will continue to play until you hit the "Escape" key on your keyboard.

  • Select "Using Timings, if Present" under "Advance slides." PowerPoint will use the number of seconds you set in the "Slide Transitions" in Step 6. Click "OK" to accept the play settings.

  • Test that the slides are playing continually by selecting "Slide Show, View Show" or F5 on your keyboard. Save your slides by selecting "File, Save." Your slides are now ready to play continually.

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