You have downloaded images from your camera, phone, or USB drive. Now you want to share these galleries with friends and family in a beautiful presentation. This guide tells you how to display a slideshow on Windows 1
This guide explains two built-in methods: Using the Photos app and Using the File Explorer. The benefit of the photo app is that you can instantly access other albums and folders without browsing the file explorer. The File Explorer version has built-in slideshow controls that are not present in the Photo app.
Using the Photo App
Typically, you only need to double-click an image file to start the Photo app. If Photos is not set as the default image application on your computer, right-click a photo, hover over "Open With," and choose Photos.
Once the app is loaded, the static image will be displayed on your screen. Hover over the left or right side of the image and you can use the virtual arrow overlays to fast forward or rewind to another image.
To start a slideshow, click the three-dot button in the upper right corner. This will expand a drop-down menu with the Slideshow option listed above. Click on this option to start the show.
When the slideshow is started, it will scroll through all the images stored in the corresponding folder of the original photo. The slideshow does not add images stored in subfolders.
For controls, you can press the right arrow key to move to the next frame, or press the left arrow key to return to the previous frame.
You can add a folder to the photo app at any time and view a specific slideshow.
First, click the Windows taskbar button and then the Photo app in the Start menu. If you can not find it, type "photos" after clicking the Windows button.
With the Photos app open, select "Folder" in the App Toolbar, followed by the "Add Folder" tile.
The next step may display one of two scenarios:
- A pop-up window with suggested folders. Ignore them and click on the "Add another folder" link to open the file explorer. You can add folders later at any time.
- No pop-up window. The "Add folder" button takes you directly to the file explorer.
With the File Explorer open, locate the folder you want to add and click the "Add this folder to pictures" button.
After closing the File Explorer, click once to open the folder you just added in the Photo app. In the top right corner, click the button with the three dots, and then click the Slideshow option in the drop-down menu.
Your ad (s) will go blank and the slideshow starts.
You can view specific images in a slideshow by holding down the CTRL key while selecting each image in the folder. You can also select a series of images at once by holding down the SHIFT key while selecting the first and last images.
In both cases, right-click after selecting your images and choose Open from the pop-up menu. Once the Photos app is loaded, start the slideshow as instructed.
For more instructions on using the Windows 10 Photos app, see our guide.  Using Image Tools in File Explorer
This method does not use the Photos app. Instead, it relies on built-in tools in File Explorer. You can view images in a slideshow located in any folder, whether on your PC, a USB flash drive, or an external drive.
For example, if you saved images in the Downloads folder, you can select any image and view them all in a slideshow, even though they are all divided into separate subfolders.
First, click the folder icon in the system tray. This will open the file explorer.
Navigate to the folder where your images are stored and click on an image to select it. The Manage tab appears in the toolbar along with the Picture Tools option. Click on this new "Image Tools" entry and then on the "Slideshow" button in the drop-down menu that appears.
Your ads are getting dark and the slideshow starts.
If you only want to display images in a specific subfolder, enter that folder, select an image, and follow the steps.
Similar to the Photos app, you can view specific images in a slideshow by holding down the CTRL key while selecting each image in the folder. You can also select a series of images at once by holding down the SHIFT key while selecting the first and last images.
However, in contrast to the photo app, select "Picture tools" in both cases and then choose "Slideshow" to display your pictures. Selected pictures in a presentation.
Control Slideshow in File Explorer
This is very simple: Right-click on an image that appears during the slideshow. As a result, this pop-up menu appears:
As shown, you can change the speed, mix your images, or loop them, and so on.  This menu is not displayed in slideshows in the photo app.