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Loop a PowerPoint Slide Show

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  • In PowerPoint, go to Slide Show > Set Up Slide Show > Browsed at a Kiosk (Full Screen ) > OK .
  • Set the time each slide appears on the screen by selecting Slide Show > Rehearse Timings on the first slide.
  • Use Next to move to the next slide and Pause to pause recording, or type a length of time in the Slide Time box.

This article explains how to loop a PowerPoint slideshow in PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, and PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

How to Create a Self-Running PowerPoint Slideshow

PowerPoint slideshows are not always used by a live presenter. Slideshows set to loop continuously can run unattended in a booth or kiosk. You can even save a slideshow as a video to share.

To create a continuously looping presentation, you need to set it up and record slide timings.

To run the slideshow unattended, set timings for slide transitions and animations to run automatically.

How to Set Up the Presentation

Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to loop continuously.

Go to Slide Show .

Select Set Up Slide Show . The Set Up Show dialog box opens.

Select Browsed at a Kiosk (Full Screen) . This enables the presentation to loop continuously until the viewer presses Esc .

Select OK .

How to Rehearse and Record Timings

To ensure that your automated presentation is the right length, record timings to set the amount of time each slide appears on the screen.

PowerPoint for Mac does not have the rehearsal option. Instead, go to Transitions , choose the transition you want to use, set the duration you want, and select Apply to All .

Go to the first slide of the presentation.

Select Rehearse Timings . The slideshow starts and records the time spent on the slide. The time appears in the Slide Time box on the Recording toolbar.

Select Next on the Recording toolbar when you want to move to the next slide.

Select Pause any time you want to pause or resume recording.

Type a length of time in the Slide Time box if you want to display a slide for a specific amount of time.

Select Repeat if you want to restart the recording time for the current slide only.

Select Close when you're done recording.

You'll be asked if you want to save the new slide timings. Select Yes to save the slide timings at the end of the presentation.

If you have a microphone (built-in or external), record a voiceover on your PowerPoint presentation that plays as the slideshow loops continuously.

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Make a self-running or kiosk display in PowerPoint

PowerPoint can show slides on a screen as a high-tech signboard, using a self-running presentation known as Kiosk display. Here’s how to do it plus all the settings and tricks available.

We’ve all seen screens displaying information on a series of slides – maybe in a shop or conference. Maybe as a prelude or postscript to a presentation. These days it’s easy to setup a laptop with an external screen almost anywhere to make a high-tech signboard.

At a party or celebration you can use Powerpoint to display photos (with or without captions) of the guest of honor.

There’s various ways to do it but the main one is PowerPoint. Many of us have PowerPoint but never use it because we think of it as being for speeches. In fact there’s plenty of other uses.

PowerPoint Kiosk mode

At its basic level, PowerPoint’s Kiosk mode is merely a different way to display a presentation. Instead of clicking to move between slides, PowerPoint will automatically display the slides going in an infinite loop … until someone presses Escape.

Go to the Slide Show tab, Set up Slide Show … it’s a PowerPoint dialog that hasn’t changed for many years/versions.

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Choose ‘ Browsed at a kiosk (full screen) ‘ and click OK.

That’s as far as most people go in explaining Kiosk mode but, as usual with Office, there’s a lot more going on and Office-Watch.com is here to help.

Browsed by Individual

The Browsed by individual (window) option lets someone use a mouse or keyboard to move through the slides at their own pace. In this case the slides can change automatically (if no human intervention) or only when asked – see the Advance slide options on the Set Up Show dialog.

To make the self-guided presentation more accessible, you should add action buttons (forward / back etc) to the slide master so the buttons appear on all slides. Make the mouse available to users and they can click to their heart’s content.

Show without narration

PowerPoint presentations can have an audio track or narration included. This option lets you let that audio be heard as the slides progress or not. The default is for the narration to be heard (i.e selection unchecked).

Show without animation

Slides can have animations or motions on them – for example bullet points appearing one by one. Check this box if you don’t want the animations – in other words, the slide appears all at once.

Disable hardware graphics acceleration

Usually you’d leave this off, but if there are problems with the display this might help.

Show slides

Show all the slides or just a range from a larger presentation.

Advance slides

In kiosk mode, PowerPoint lets each slide appear for a few seconds unless there’s a slide timing set (at Transitions | Timing | Advance slide | After:

Multiple Monitors

Very useful if you have a second monitor. Use the pull down list to select the screen to display the presentation.

Why won’t the slide/s move?

If your kiosk presentation is stuck on a slide, or the first slide, make sure the Advance Slide timing is set higher than zero at Transitions | Timing | Advance slide | After:

After setting a value (in seconds) click Apply to All to set that as the default display time for all slides.

Sometimes the Advance Slide After: value is set to zero. If that happens PowerPoint will obey the zero timing set and never move past that slide, even though it makes no sense in Kiosk mode.

How to wait longer or shorter on one slide

Some slides deserve more time to read while others you might want to whizz by. After setting the default timing (see ‘Why won’t the slides move?’) go to individual slides and change the Transitions | Timing | Advance slide | After: for that slide only.

You can also select multiple slides from the slide sorter and apply a timing to all the selected slides in one go.

Starting Kiosk Mode

To start a kiosk presentation, just click the Slide Show | From Beginning or From Current Slide buttons.

Stopping Kiosk Mode

Stopping the presentation by just pressing the Escape button. If you don’t want people to do that, hide the keyboard out of sight.

Blocking the ESCape route

There’s always some smartie who will try to bypass the automatic presentation and get access to an unattended computer. To make things more difficult for them, use the No ESCape add-in for PowerPoint 2000-2007. This will disable the Escape key option in Powerpoint. We’ve not found an equivalent for PowerPoint 2010 and beyond.

If you use this add-in make sure you add your own escape route. Add an invisible shape to a slide (probably the last) with the on click action set to End show.

Self running presentation packages

Another option is to create a self-contained PowerPoint Show (.ppsx) that can be run on another computer without additional software.

Simple Self-running Presentations

The simplest self-running presentations are just a collection of photos . You can add captions or headings if you like or just put each photo, full size, on a slide.

A new Kiosk presentation

Aside from the setup mentioned above, there’s nothing special about presentation used in kiosk mode.

You can make a presentation that has just photos – a traditional photo album on the screen. It can be a point of discussion or derision at a party or meeting.

Below is the step-by-step to make a presentation with photos, or … you can use the easy way … PowerPoint Photo Album .

Choose a background color (probably black or white) at Design | Customize | Format Backround. The background is necessary because some images won’t be the same proportions as the screen, leaving edges where the background will appear.

Change the slide layout to one that suit you. For full screen photos, choose ‘Blank’ layout.

Then add your photos. On each new slide click Insert | Picture then adjust the image to fit the slide.

There are ‘photo only’ presentation software programs out there, just search for then. Some have the advantage of working with all the photos in a nominated folder. It’s easy to change the presentation by simply changing the images in that folder. At a pinch, a photo screen saver can be used.

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Change the background for select slides in powerpoint, add a background for all slides in powerpoint.

In your Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, you can change your slides' background to a picture , solid color fill, gradient fill, texture fill, and even pattern fill. You can apply a custom background to all or select slides in your presentation. Here's how.

Related: How to Use an Image as the Background in PowerPoint

To use a custom background only for select slides, first, open your presentation with the Microsoft PowerPoint app.

When PowerPoint launches, in the ribbon at the top , click the "View" tab.

Click the

On the "View" tab, in the far left corner, click "Normal" to view your presentation in a normal mode.

Select

From the slides list to the left of your screen, select the slides in which you want to use a custom background. To select multiple slides, hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac) while clicking slides.

Select slides in the presentation.

Once your slides are selected, in PowerPoint's ribbon at the top, click the "Design" tab.

Access the

On the "Design" tab, from the "Customize" section, select "Format Background."

Click

To the right of PowerPoint's interface, you will see a "Format Background" pane. Here, in the "Fill" section, you will select a custom background for your slides.

Your options are:

  • Solid Fill : To apply a single solid color fill to your slides, choose this option.
  • Gradient Fill : To use a gradient color fill, select this option.
  • Picture or Texture Fill : If you'd like to use an image or texture as your slides' background, click this option. You can then select an image by clicking "Insert" or choose a texture by clicking "Texture."
  • Pattern Fill : To use one of PowerPoint's several textures as your background, select this option.

Choose a background.

Your changes will reflect on your slides in real-time. When you have finished configuring your custom background, close the "Format Background" pane by clicking "X" in the pane's top-right corner.

Click

And that's it. Don't forget to save your presentation to keep your changes.

In a similar way, you can also change the background in Google Slides .

Related: How to Change the Background in Google Slides

You can configure a single custom background and apply it to all the slides in your current presentation. This saves you a lot of time as you do not have to manually edit each slide's background.

To do so, open your presentation with Microsoft PowerPoint. In the app's ribbon at the top, click the "Design" tab.

Choose the

On the "Design" tab, in the "Customize" section, click "Format Background."

Click

On the right of your screen, a "Format Background" pane will open. In this pane, using the "Fill" section, you will specify a background for all your slides.

The options you can choose from are:

  • Solid Fill : Use this option to apply a solid color fill to all your slides.
  • Gradient Fill : Select this option to apply a gradient color fill to all your slides.
  • Picture or Texture Fill : To use an image or a texture as the background, click this option. You can then click "Insert" to add a picture to use as your background, or click "Texture" to use a texture as your slides' background.
  • Pattern Fill : Click this option to view various patterns that you can use as the background for your presentation.

Specify a background.

Once you have configured your background, apply it to all your slides by clicking "Apply to All" at the bottom of the "Format Background" pane.

Click

And instantly, all the slides in your presentation will start using the newly specified background. Happy presenting!

If you often use a specific style for your presentations, it is worth creating a custom PowerPoint template to then base all your presentations on it.

Related: How to Create a Custom Template in PowerPoint

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Slide show running on a secondary monitor pauses when focus changes

I have observed that if we change the focus (from the slide show) while running a slide show, which is set to advance automatically ( in a secondary monitor ) the slide show pauses automatically.

Actually, I didn't know about this untill I did a slide show for a function and it ruined that slideshow. First I thought it was a compatibility issue because I prepared the slides in Office 2007 and I used Office 2010 to present it, later I ruled out that possibility (because Office is backward compatible, not sure about this).

After carefully analysing what I did at the function, I could found that the slide show paused because I shifted the focus from slide show to do another works in the pc. I confirmed my theory/point after visiting this page. There is a work around given in that page, but it is for Office 2003.

Would anyone care to explain how to solve this issue in Office 2007, 2010 etc(with pictures, if you don't mind).

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Method 1 on the linked page works almost verbatim for PowerPoint 2007. Do you still need pictures?

Method 1: Change the slide show type If you change the slide show type, you can run the slide show in a separate window on the secondary monitor. To do this, follow these steps: Start PowerPoint 2003. Open the presentation. On the Slide Show menu, click Set Up Show. Under Show type, click Browsed by an individual (window). Click OK. On the Slide Show menu, click View Show. If you have to, click Restore down on the PowerPoint window. Then, drag the PowerPoint window to the secondary monitor. On the secondary monitor, maximize the PowerPoint window

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  • Is it Browsed by an individual (window) or at Browsed at a Kiosk ? –  RogUE Aug 2, 2015 at 3:39
  • The link suggests Browsed by an individual (window) . –  DiegoAndresJAY Aug 2, 2015 at 3:54
  • I do know that. But, I do not want the slide show to be browsed by a person, it should progress itself, thats why I am asking it again. –  RogUE Aug 2, 2015 at 3:56
  • It will still progress by itself. –  DiegoAndresJAY Aug 2, 2015 at 3:57
  • Save the presentation as a .ppsx slide show
  • Close all open PPT windows
  • launch the .ppsx and immediately select another open window
  • The .ppsx will now run undisturbed until it is selected

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  • Not working for me –  Herman Toothrot Sep 25, 2019 at 13:02
  • Works like a charm. I just needed one more little setting: In the menu where you setup the slideshow to keep on cycling after the last slide I set it to run on the desired monitor. Otherwise I wasn't able to make it run on the monitor I wanted. –  Schnaps Mar 20, 2023 at 14:04

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Add a background picture to slides

You can use a picture as the background for a slide or slides.

You can adjust the picture's transparency after you add it to the slide.

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Insert a background picture on a slide

Right-click the margin of the slide and then select Format Background .

In the Format Background pane, choose Picture or texture fill .

Under Insert picture from , choose where to get the picture from:

To adjust the picture's relative lightness, slide the Transparency bar to the right.

Drag the Transparency bar to adjust the image

To apply the background picture to all slides in your presentation, choose Apply to All . Otherwise, simply close the Format Background pane.

Remove a background picture

In Normal view, select a slide that has the background pattern or picture you want to remove.

On the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon, in the Customize group at the far right end, select Format Background .

The Format Background button is on the Design tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint

In the Format Background pane, under Fill , select Solid Fill .

In the Format Background pane, select Solid Fill

Select the down arrow next to the Color button. A gallery of colors appears. Select the white color.

Your current background is removed, and the background of the slide is now white.

If you want to make the same change to the other slides in the presentation, choose Apply to All at the bottom of the Format Background pane.

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The slide background is one visual you don’t want to forget about when creating a presentation. Whether a subtle shade, matching color, or image, here’s how to customize the background in Microsoft PowerPoint for one slide or all.

Change the Background for Individual Slides

If you want to change the background for a single slide or give each slide its own look, you can pick from colors, gradients, patterns, and more.

  • Head to the slide you want to change in your slideshow.
  • Go to the Design tab and select Format Background . Alternatively, right-click a blank spot on the slide and pick Format Background .

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  • When the sidebar opens on the right, you should see the Fill section expanded. If not, use the arrow on the left to display its settings.
  • You can use one of four background styles: solid fill, gradient fill, picture or texture fill, and pattern fill.

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  • Once you select the fill, you’ll see the options displayed directly beneath. You can choose a solid color, gradient style, insert a picture, or pick a pattern.

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  • Optionally, check the box for Hide background graphics . This is handy if you’re using a PowerPoint template that provides images in the background.

You’ll see the change apply to the slide immediately, so if you change your mind, you can revert it.

To return the background to its original appearance, select Reset Background at the bottom of the Format Background pane.

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Change the Background for All Slides

To keep your presentation’s appearance consistent, you might want to change the background for all slides to match. You can use the same options, colors, gradients, or patterns for every slide in the show.

  • Go to a slide, open the Design tab, and select Format Background .
  • When the sidebar opens on the right, choose the background type in the Fill section.
  • Select the settings for the fill style, like the color, gradient, image, or pattern.
  • At the bottom of the sidebar, select Apply to All .

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  • Like when modifying the background for a single PowerPoint slide, you’ll see the change right away.

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To return all slides to the original background, choose one of the slides and change the background in the sidebar. Then, pick Apply to All .

If each slide had a unique background before you made the change to all slide backgrounds, you’ll need to revert each one individually. The Reset Background button mentioned above is only available for single slides.

Tip : If you didn’t make any other changes to your slideshow after adjusting the background, you can use the Undo option in the Quick Access Toolbar .

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Whether you want to use your company’s colors, insert a watermark, or apply an attractive gradient, you can change the background on a PowerPoint slide in just a few steps.

For more, look at these tricks and tips for improving your PowerPoint presentations .

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Here’s a Cool Way to Animate Your Slide’s Background in PowerPoint

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Animating a slide's background in PowerPoint is easier than you think it is.

You can have an animated background in five minutes flat. All it takes is to know what to look out for, what settings to use, and how you position all the different components in the slide.

So, in this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to animate your slide's background. For this example, I'm going for those summer vibes and will be playing around with a pool of water.

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Animate Your PowerPoint Slide's Background

Here's A Rundown Of The Steps

1. grab a video.

Go ahead and grab any video that you think would be perfect for your background. Just be sure it's one that's in a  high resolution  format.

Also, depending on where you get your video from, just be sure you follow any licensing terms that come with one you've chosen.

Golden Tip:  If you're looking for a  free resource for high quality stock  videos, then check out  Pixabay . They have awesome videos, all for free, and with generous licensing conditions.

HEADS UP: Keep in mind that adding a video to your PowerPoint deck will increase the file's size. So pick your videos with caution.

2. Create a foreground

Use PowerPoint's shapes, text boxes and their Merge Shapes functions to create your very own foreground.

If you're lost and have no idea where to start, be sure to check out the video - I'll reveal how I did everything step-by-step, and you can take it from there.

Just remember: your foreground has to be one shape. Again, the video will go over that in a little more detail.

3. Tune the video's settings

Okay, so you have a foreground, and you have your video.

Well, we're going to have to tweak the video's playback settings.

Here's the thing: The default video playback settings for PowerPoint don't exactly allow you to 'wow'  your audience.

When you launch your presentation in Slide Show view, the  default  option is to have the video play in the background  only if you initiate the sequence (e.g. hit the space bar, use the clicker, or whatever).

Also, once the video is played and has run its course, it just stops playing. And that's kind of awkward when we're looking for an  effect that dazzles .

This means that we're going to tweak just a few settings and  automate the video to play the second the slide comes up in Slide Show view, and make sure the video keeps playing even if it's done .

So here's what you'll need to do:

  • Click on your video
  • Under the  Video Tools  tab, go to  Playback
  • In the  Video Options  section, change the  Start  feature to " Automatically "
  • In the  Video Options  section, make sure you check " Loop until Stopped "

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That's it. You're done!

4. Position your background video and foreground

This is fairly straight forward, but hey, this is a comprehensive tutorial for a reason.

Right click your video and send it back, and make sure your foreground is placed directly in front of it.

Now, sit back and watch the magic happen when you hit the Slide Show button.

And We're Done!

All we did was take a video, made a few shapes, tweaked a few settings and moved things around for an awesome effect that your audience is going to love.

If you use this technique at a presentation, let us know! We'd love to hear about it.

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Upload your PowerPoint on Presentation Studio Computer or know the file location of your .ppwt file, then  follow the directions below.

  • Start the meeting, then click Share Screen . (Note: Click the words Share Screen and not the up arrow.)
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  • Locate your PowerPoint file and open it. ( Note: To use PowerPoint as a background on Zoom, the file type must be .ppt or .pptx.)

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  • When recording, you will need a second person at the computer to move through your PowerPoint slides while you do the commentary. OR if you are by yourself, move the rolling computer table and adjust the camera, accordingly. (This is an option, but the recording will not be as professional as having another person assist with the PowerPoint slides.)

Well, that is easy...once you know how to do it!

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moving video background across multiple slides

OK, bought Power point 2019 with hopes that finally, it would include the ability to have video as a background that 1) plays continuously across multiple slides (not start over on each slide), and 2) allows text box to be seen in front . 

There are not a small number of users out there who really need this function (church worship song lyrics in front of moving background is my need). I have, for years, had to buy plugins that are not as stable or user friendly as just using Power Point.

So, is there any possible way to do this in PP 2019? MS developers... could you just please add this feature as an update? Pretty please? 

thanks, 

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John Korchok

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Each slide in PowerPoint is a separate object, so it's not possible to have one video play across them. But text boxes can already be placed in front of videos, so that part of your wish list has come true.

Instead of using multiple slides, create one slide with with a video playing in the background. Then have a variety of text boxes layered in front of it an use Animations to make them appear and disappear. If you use the Selection Pane ( Home>Selection>Selection Pane ) to keep track of objects and move them forward and backward, this isn't too hard.

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Good Morning John, 

thanks for the quick reply! 

However, each song has between 10 and 30 different slides with the lyrics on them. We purchased a program (ShareFaith Presenter) that is a plug in for PP that takes the slides with the lyrics and combines them on the same slide as you suggest with animation in and animation out for each text box from each slide. It shows up as a separate tab in PP and has worked well. However, the plug does not appear to be stable with PP 2019. It still works fine with my old laptop that has 2013 (or, maybe 2016?). I'm working with their technical support. But, with that many text boxes, and the animations in and out, and the changes that the worship leader makes during the rehearsal just before the service, it would be a bit challenging to keep up.  

I know that we can set music to play across slides without stopping and starting... the last "coding" I did was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away (used Fortran :), but it really seems like if they can get audio to work, it should be possible for video too. 

If I put video on a slide master, it does show across slides, but the text boxes are then behind the video. I just need the text boxes in front of the video and all would be golden! 

Any other suggestions? 

thanks so much, 

I have tried this (thank you for the reply) and it works, but the video restarts on each slide during the slide show. My goal is that the video background plays smoothly across all of the slides that have the words (lyrics). This idea is great; if it worked all I'd have to do is create a new master for each of the 5-6 songs, but unfortunately, I'm unable to set it up so the video plays smoothly and doesn't restart on each slide.

thank you, 

Since you don't want to animate all on a single slide (it's really not that hard using the Selection Pane, which allows you to hide all but the current text box), PowerPoint may not be the software for this application. 

I question the legibility of text over a moving video background. It sounds like a headache waiting to happen, but that's your call.

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