How to Set Time for Slides in Powerpoint 2010

Microsoft Powerpoint has an “Advance Slide” section on its ribbon that allows you to configure a slide time after which the presentation will advance automatically to the next slide. This includes a duration box where you set the transition time for one slide in the presentation. This can also be applied to every slide in a slideshow rather than a specific slide, and you can even use the same amount of time for each slide.

When you are making a presentation in Powerpoint 2010 that you will be presenting to an audience, you need to be aware of more than just the contents of the slide. Your ability to present the slides will also factor into how well it is received and, as such, you will need to rehearse and prepare the presentation so that it goes as smoothly as possible.

One way that you can fully prepare to give your presentation is by determining how long you will spend per slide, then setting your presentation to only display each slide for that amount of time. This will help serve to automate the presentation and give you one less factor that you need to consider.

How to Set Time Between Slides in Powerpoint 2010

  1. Open the presentation.
  2. Select all of the slides in the left column.
  3. Choose the Transitions tab.
  4. Remove the On Mouse Click checkmark.
  5. Check the After box and enter a time.

Our tutorial continues below with additional information on setting the time for slides in Powerpoint, including pictures of these steps.

How to Specify Slide Transition Duration in Powerpoint 2010 (Guide with Pictures)

Using this method is also a good way to set a slideshow for images that you want to show casually for friends or family. While there are other ways to create an image slideshow in Windows 7, a Powerpoint presentation is very customizable and portable, which makes it an ideal option for such an activity.

Step 1: Open the Powerpoint 2010 presentation for which you want to specify the amount of time between slides.

Step 2: Click inside the column at the left side of the window showing your slide previews, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all of them.

select all of the presentation slides

Step 3: Click the Transitions tab at the top of the window.

click the transitions tab

Step 4: Click inside the box to the left of On Mouse Click, in the Timing section of the window, to clear the check mark.

Step 5: Check the box to the left of After to check the box, then specify the amount of time for which you would like each slide to be displayed.

Note that, in the sample image below, I have set the slideshow to display each slide for 3 seconds.

how to set time between slides in powerpoint 2010

Our article continues below with additional information on working with slide transitions for your slide show, so that you advance each slide automatically.

How to Play the Slideshow from the Slide Show Tab

Once you have properly created all the slides in your presentation and modified the mouse click check box so that each slide advance time is properly specified, you are ready to view the Powerpoint slide show.

Click the Slide Show tab at the top of the window, then click the From Beginning button.

If you set the transition speed for each slide to be the same speed, then the transition timing of each slide should be equal to the time that you selected.

You can click the Advance Slide button if you want to manually advance a slide. If you are only advancing slides then the slide advanced will continue based on your timing. However, if you go back to a previous slide the automatic transitions will stop, and won’t resume until the slide advances.

More Information on How to Set Time for Slides in Powerpoint 2010

You can then preview the slideshow to confirm that the amount of time between slides is correct.

You can also individually set the amount of time per slide by skipping step 2, then repeating steps 3-5 for each individual slide.

Learning how to time slides on Powerpoint gives you another way to create slideshows in Microsoft Powerpoint. Traditionally a slideshow is created then shown, and you need to click the mouse button to advance to the next slide, or use the controls that appear on the screen. Using the steps in the guide above lets you determine a Powerpoint time per slide so that the presentation will advance to the next slide after a defined amount of time.

There is no one time per slide that is going to be ideal, and the appropriate amount of time is going to vary depending on how quickly you talk, how much information is on a slide, and how much time you want to give your audience to read or look at what you have created.

While it can take a little longer to set the amount of time for each slide individually, there’s a strong possibility that it will be the better option. It’s not uncommon to have slides with varying amounts of information, and you may have slides that only need to be on the screen for a couple seconds, while others might need to stay visible for a couple of minutes.

Note that you can also help your presentation efforts by creating and printing speaker notes for your presentation. Read this article to learn how to print the notes so that you will have something to read from while you are giving your presentation.

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