Slideshows are sometimes used to display pictures at events such as weddings or fairs. Regardless of the occasion, you want to repeat your PowerPoint presentation so your guests don't stare at a blank screen. Here's how:
Set up your slideshow to be looped
First, open your PowerPoint presentation in which you want to create a loop. Once opened, navigate to the "Set Up" group on the "Slideshow" tab and select the "Set Up Slideshow" button.
The "Set Up Show" window appears. In the "Show Options" group, check the box next to "Continuous Loop to Esc". After making your selection, click OK in the lower right corner of the window.
If you now play your slideshow, it will only end if you press the "Esc" key instead of when you have completed the last slide.
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One restriction: As we have currently set it up, the slide show only continues when someone clicks the mouse button. This is fine when there is always a speaker. Otherwise, you will need to set up automatic slide transitions.
Apply automatic slide transitions
Return to the Show Setup window by selecting the Set Up Slideshow tab in the Set Up group.
There are a few options that you need to choose. An important note, however, is that you must first select "Use timings, if available" in the "Advanced slides" group.
The next option that we choose locks some things in place (which is why you have to select "Use timings, if available" first).
In the "Show Type" group, select the option "Searched at a kiosk (full screen)." The "Continuous to Esc Loop" option is automatically activated if you have not yet activated it, and the option you selected under "Extend slides" remains unchanged.
Select "OK" if you want to continue.
Without the option "Searched at a kiosk" the automatic slide sequence would be deactivated if someone pressed the back button. When this option is enabled, the forward and back buttons are locked, so the slideshow can automatically continue unattended without fear of anyone breaking it.
Now is the time to set the timing of the slides. Go to the "Transitions" tab. In the "Timing" group, check the box next to "After" and set the timing at which each slide should advance. Note that it doesn't matter whether the check box next to "On mouse click" is checked or not – it doesn't work.
Then select "Apply to all" in the same group.
If you now play your slideshow, it will be repeated continuously without interruption. To exit the slideshow, press the "Esc" key.