How to Record Power Point Presentations


Getting the timing right on a PowerPoint presentation is one of the most important things you can do to make your presentation look professional. Seamless transitions and good timing are essential to keeping your audience engaged and focused on what you have to say. Forget using your mouse to click (sometimes, one too may times). Get PowerPoint to replay your presentation automatically at a speed that's perfect for your speech. That way, you can concentrate of what you are saying, rather than what your presentation is doing.

Things You'll Need

  • Completed PowerPoint presentation
  • Open the first slide in your presentation (usually the title page).

  • Click on the "Animations" tab in PowerPoint 2007 or "Slide Show>Slide Transition" in PowerPoint 2003.

  • Check the "Automatically After" box by clicking on it.

  • Choose a time that you would like your slide to be displayed for. For example, you might want the slide to be displayed for 15 seconds before moving onto the next slide. Enter 00:15 in the "Automatically After" input box.

  • Repeat Step 2 to Step 4 for every slide in your presentation.

  • Click on the "Slide Show" tab and check the "Rehearse Timings" box.

  • Click on "From Beginning" to play the presentation from the start. A timer will appear on the screen. Rehearse your speech to see if you've guessed the correct time. If the time is incorrect, change the time for each slide based on the time displayed on the timer.

  • Uncheck the "Rehearse Timings" box from Step 6 before presenting to your audience. Once you have set up all of the timings, your presentation will play from start to finish without interruption, as if you recorded it and are playing it back.

Tips & Warnings

  • Automating a slide show this way will also allow you to distribute a self running presentation.
  • Keep the "On Mouse Click" box checked in the "Animations" tab. If you finish a slide before it transitions, you'll be able to click to forward the slide. Otherwise, you'll be left standing there, waiting for the slide to move on.

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