While it is popular to use a Powerpoint presentation as a visual tool for an audience to follow along with a presenter, it can also be used as a multimedia presentation method that runs on its own. This is common when you are creating a display in a store, or as part of a marketing effort for a trade show or convention.
But manually restarting the presentation every time it ends would be inconvenient and impractical, so you might be looking for a way that the presentation can loop continuously on its own. Our guide below will show you what options to use to set up this continuous loop in Powerpoint 2013.
Looping a Presentation in Powerpoint 2013
The steps in this guide will show you the settings to adjust so that your Powerpoint presentation will play continuously on a loop until it is stopped. You will first set your slides so that they advance automatically after a specified amount of time, then you will set the option for the entire presentation so that it will not stop playing until you press the Esc key on your keyboard.
Here is how to make a presentation loop continuously in Powerpoint 2013 –
- Open the file in Powerpoint 2013.
- Click the Transitions tab at the top of the window.
- Check the box to the left of After in the Timing section of the ribbon, then click inside the field to the right of After and select the amount of time for which you want each slide to remain on the screen.
- Click the Apply to All button in the Timing section to make this setting apply to every slide in your presentation. If you are setting a different duration for each slide, however, do not click this button. You will need to repeat step 3 for each slide instead.
- Click the Slideshow tab at the top of the ribbon.
- Click the Set Up Slide Show button in the Set Up section of the ribbon.
- Check the box to the left of Loop continuously until ‘Esc’ under Show options, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
- Click the From Beginning button in the Start Slide Show section of the ribbon to start the loop. You can press Esc on your keyboard at any time to stop it.
These steps are also shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Open your slideshow in Powerpoint 2013.
Step 2: Click the Transitions tab above the ribbon.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of After in the Timing section of the ribbon, then click inside the field to the right of After and choose the duration that you would like each slide to be shown on the screen. In the image below, I have set that duration to 15 seconds.
Step 4: Click the Apply to All button in the Timing section of the ribbon. This will apply the duration that you just specified to every slide in the presentation. If you would like to specify the duration of each slide individually, then do not click this button, but instead repeat step 3 for each slide in the presentation.
Step 5: Click the Slideshow tab above the ribbon.
Step 6: Click the Set Up Slide Show button in the Set Up section of the ribbon.
Step 7: Check the box to the left of Loop continuously until ‘Esc’ in the Show options section of the window, then click the OK button.
Step 8: Click the From Beginning button in the Start Slide Show section of the ribbon to begin the slideshow loop. Press the Esc button on your keyboard when you want to stop the loop.
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