Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Delivering a Presentation When You Can’t Be There in Person
Telling PowerPoint that your presentation is self-running
Before you can ”self-run” a presentation, you have to tell PowerPoint that
you want it to do that. Self-running presentations don’t have the control
buttons in the lower-left corner. You can’t click the screen or press a key to
move forward or backward to the next or previous slide. The only control
you have over a self-running presentation is pressing the Esc key (pressing
Esc ends the presentation).
Follow these steps to make yours a kiosk-style, self-running presentation:
1. Go to the Slide Show tab.
2. Click the Set Up Slide Show button.
You see the Set Up Slide Show dialog box.
3. Under Show Type, choose the Browsed at a Kiosk (Full Screen) option.
When you select this option, PowerPoint automatically selects the Loop
Continuously Until ‘Esc’ check box.
4. Click OK.
That’s all there is to it.
Creating a user-run presentation
A user-run, or interactive, presentation is one that the viewer gets to control.
The viewer decides which slide appears next and how long each slide remains
on-screen. User-run presentations are similar to websites. Users can browse
from slide to slide at their own speed. They can pick and choose what they
want to investigate. They can backtrack and view slides they saw previously
or return to the first slide and start anew.
Self-run presentations are shown in Reading view (click the Reading View
button on the status bar to see what self-run presentations look like). A task
bar appears along the bottom of the screen. On the right side of the task
bar, viewers can click the Previous button or Next button to go from slide to
slide. They can also click the Menu button to open a pop-up menu with
commands for navigating slides.
Another way to help readers get from slide to slide is to create action buttons.
An action button is a button that you can click to go to another slide in your
presentation or the previous slide you viewed, whatever that slide was.
PowerPoint provides 11 action buttons in the Shapes gallery. Figure 5-6
shows some action buttons and the dialog box you use to create them.