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Create a self-running presentation

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You can use a self-running presentation to run unattended in a booth or kiosk at a trade show or convention, or you can save it as a video and send it to a client.

Tip: Check out these YouTube videos from PowerPoint community experts for more help with presenting slideshows!

Windows – Newer versions

Set up a self-running presentation

To set up a PowerPoint presentation to run automatically, do the following:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, choose Set Up Slide Show.
  1. Under Show type, choose one of the following:
  • To enable the people watching your slideshow to have management over when they advance the slides, click Presented by a speaker (full screen).
  • To present your slideshow in a window, where control over advancing the slides is unavailable to the people watching, pick Browsed by an individual (window).
  • To loop your slideshow until the people watching press Esc, press Browsed at a kiosk (full screen).

Rehearse and record slide timings

When you pick the following show types: Presented by a speaker (full screen) and Browsed at a kiosk (full screen), you’ll want to rehearse and record timings for effects and slides.

  1. On the Slide Show tab, click Rehearse Timings.

Note:  The presentation timer begins immediately when you click Rehearse Timings. The Rehearsal toolbar appears and the Slide Time box begins timing the presentation.

shows recording timings box for powerpoint

1 Next (advance to next slide)

2 Pause

callout 3 Slide Time

callout 4 Repeat

5 Total presentation time

  1. While timing your presentation, you can undertake one or several of the following on the Rehearsal toolbar:
  • To go to the next slide, pick Next.
  • To temporarily stop recording the time, choose Pause.
  • To restart recording the time after pausing, pick Pause.
  • To state an exact length of time for a slide to appear, enter the length of time in the Slide Time box.
  • To restart recording the time for the current slide, press Repeat.
  • When you set the time for the last slide, a message box shows the total time for the presentation and prompts you to do one of the following:
  • To keep the recorded slide timings, press Yes.
  • To discard the recorded slide timings, choose No.

Slide Sorter view displays and reveals the time of each slide in your presentation.

Add narration or sound

To record a narration, your computer needs a sound card and a microphone, and a microphone connector if the microphone is not integrated with your computer.

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, select the arrow on the Record Slide Show button.
Shows record slide show button in powerpoint
  1. Choose one of the following:
  • Start Recording from Beginning
  • Start Recording from Current Slide
  1. In the Record Slide Show dialogue box, click the Narrations and laser pointer checkbox, and if suitable, click or empty the Slide and animation timings checkbox.
  1. Press Start Recording.

Tips: 

  • To pause the narration, in the Recording shortcut menu in Slide Show view, click Pause. And to resume your narration, click Resume Recording.
Pause recording narration

  1. To stop your slideshow recording, right-click the slide, and then press End Show.
  1. The recorded slideshow timings are promptly saved and the slideshow displays in Slide Sorter view with timings under each slide.
Pause recording narration

You can record a narration prior to you starting a presentation, or you can record it amid the presentation and add audience comments. If you prefer no narration across your whole presentation, you can record separate sounds or comments on particular slides or objects. For more details, see Record a slide show with narration and slide timings.

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