Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Slideshow that Runs by Itself
Other Presentation
Figure 24-11:
You can’t make changes
to a presentation
when a broadcast is
in progress, so if you
exit the slideshow you
see only two tabs: File
and Broadcast. On the
Broadcast tab, you can
adjust the screen
resolution, switch to Presenter
view (if you have two
monitors hooked up to
your computer; see page
668), send more viewers
a link to the slideshow,
or end the broadcast.
Creating a Slideshow that Runs by Itself
You’ve seen it at trade shows and conventions: a presentation set up in a booth or
kiosk that plays all by itself in a continual loop. Passersby don’t have to interact with
the computer; they just stop and watch as the show runs. When it reaches the end, it
starts all over again from the first slide.
Tip: Before you create a kiosk-style slideshow, make sure that any animations in your presentation
happen automatically and don’t require a mouse click. To check, open the Animation pane (Alt, A, C)
and work your way through each slide’s animations. When you select an animation, it should start with
previous or start after previous, not start on click. Adjust as necessary.
When you want a presentation to run as a kiosk-style slideshow, your first step is
to let PowerPoint know the timings for all the animations and transitions in your
presentation. The easiest way to do this is to rehearse your slideshow’s timings (page
660) by going to the Slide Show tab and clicking Rehearse Timings (Alt, S, T). As you
go through the slideshow, move forward at the same pace you want for the
kioskstyle slideshow. When you’re finished and PowerPoint asks if you want to save the
timings, click Yes. PowerPoint applies the new timings to each slide.
Note: If you’ve already rehearsed a slideshow and saved the timings, going through the process again
overwrites the old timings when you save the new ones.
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