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How to Create an Autoplaying PowerPoint Presentation

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Self-running presentations work great at conferences and conventions. Here's how to set one up.

  • PowerPoint autoplay is great for a variety of users, from conventions to schoolwork.
  • Setting up autoplay requires a few steps, including creating the presentation, optionally adding audio like a voiceover or music and rehearsing timings of slides.
  • PowerPoint autoplay is a tool that is relatively easy to use but can serve a variety of needs. It will make your presentation look polished and professional.

Creating a self-running PowerPoint, as Microsoft calls it, can be a great addition to your company's booth at conventions or industry-wide conferences. By featuring photos, infographics and key points in a continuous loop, you can inform passersby about your company, its goals, and your products or services.

Autoplaying presentations are also great for employee training, meetings where the speaker is absent, and reaching remote clients or customers. Microsoft provides easy steps to turn your PowerPoint into an autoplay presentation.

Setting up the presentation

There are a few different options for creating a PowerPoint presentation automatically. All of these can be accessed under the Slide Show tab.

Slide Show > Set Up Slide Show



The first option titled Presented by a speaker requires the viewer to click through each slide. This is the default setting that most PowerPoint presentations are already in. The second option, titled Browsed by an individual, will create a slideshow where the viewer is not able to control when slides advance. This is an autoplay feature, but the viewer will still have to hit Play to get it started.

The third option is Browsed at a kiosk. Once selected, this option will loop the slide show until a viewer presses the escape button.



If you don't want your viewers to have access to when the slideshow starts and stops, select the third option. The Loop Continuously option underneath will be automatically selected.

Recording slide timing

Before you begin recording your presentation, it's important to set the slide time using the rehearsal toolbar. This will give you an idea of how long each slide will run before advancing to the next one. It will also give you a chance to practice your presentation and understand how long the runtime will be. Like setting up the slide show, this window can be accessed via the Slide Show tab.

Slide Show > Rehearse Timings



The recording window allows users to advance to the next slide, pause the presentation, view the current slide's time, restart the recording for a slide and view the total runtime of the presentation.

After recording the last slide, PowerPoint will ask whether you want to keep the slide timings or not.

Recording your presentation

Once your slide timings are set, you can record your slide show. Before beginning your recording, make sure you adjust the Play Narrations check box and the Use Timings check box. If you want all narration and slide transitions included, both boxes should be checked. To create a silent sequence of slides, make sure the Play Narrations button is deselected.

Slide Show > Record Slide Show



Click End Show and save your file once you are done recording. After saving, your presentation is ready to be sent to clients, customers or played at your convention or conference booth.

What is PowerPoint autoplay?

Autoplay allows you to keep a PowerPoint presentation running. In typical PowerPoint presentations, presenters have to click from slide to slide manually using a clicker or spacebar on a keyboard.

Luckily, PowerPoint autoplay allows users to set up their slides so they automatically change. That way, they can focus on their presentation without interruptions. There are options to have slides timed to music or voiceovers, and even make each slide the same length.

Why is PowerPoint autoplay beneficial?

Autoplay is great for several uses, from delivering announcements throughout a company's office or a school, to giving speeches and presentations at conventions or work. Presenters can rehearse the timings of the slides and then present without worry.

This is also a good tool to determine how much time a presentation takes to give. For example, in class projects, many teachers and professors require presentations to fill a certain amount of time. While rehearsing timings, users can determine how much time to spend on each slide. This keeps presenters on track during their presentations, even when they might want to speed up due to nerves or pressure.

Another use of autoplay is for convention booths and exhibits. This is great for companies and salespeople who want to showcase a variety of products and services. People who walk by can look at the presentation and not have to ask employees for information. A good PowerPoint presentation with eye-catching visuals and information can attract potential customers and clients, which could turn into sales.

Music videos and tribute presentations are also great for using autoplay. Whether it is a presentation of family vacation photos to the soundtrack of the summer or a lyric video to your favorite song, autoplay allows users to create appealing presentations and videos. These could even be downloaded into MP4 files to share with family and friends.

You could also create an autoplay presentation that loops and replays. This is great for offices that have a slideshow of information for their clients or patients. They can show a variety of pictures, information about services, and even the latest news and contact information for the company. Because of this, employees can set up the presentation, walk away and know that their announcements are being made public without even saying a word.

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