End With Last Slide Instead of Black Screen in Powerpoint 2010

Powerpoint 2010 is loaded with options for customizing the way that your presentation is displayed to the world. However, for many people, the default options are often the best choice. But one option that you may not like is how Powerpoint chooses to display an empty black slide at the end of your presentation. So if you want to end with your last slide being displayed on the screen instead of a black screen, then you can modify this setting. This adjustment is helpful if the last screen of your slideshow includes some important talking points for a discussion, or if it has contact information that your audience might need to write down.

 

Changing Settings for Powerpoint 2010 Last Screen

 

If your Powerpoint presentation has five slides in it, then Powerpoint will automatically add a sixth black slide at the end to let you know that the presentation is over. If many of your slides look similar, or if you are talking without looking at the slides, then this provides a good visual cue that the slideshow is over. But you can elect to end the presentation on your last slide instead of this black slide if you so choose.

 

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2010.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window, then click Options in the column at the bottom of the left column.

powerpoint 2010 options menu

 

Step 3: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the Powerpoint Options window.

open the advanced menu

 

Step 4: Scroll to the Slide Show section of the window.

Step 5: Click the box to the left of End with black slide to remove the check mark from the box.

end with last slide instead of black screen in powerpoint 2010

 

Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

 

The next time you play a slideshow in Powerpoint 2010, it will not display a black slide at the end of the presentation. If you only want to make this change for one particular slideshow, then be sure to retun to the Powerpoint 2010 Options menu and restore the check mark in the box to the left of End with black slide.

 

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