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Creating a Slideshow that Runs by Itself
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Broadcasting is a great tool and makes PowerPoint a lot
more flexible. But it’s not perfect. Before you broadcast
a slideshow over the Internet, there are a few things you
• Slideshow broadcasting works with Internet Explorer,
Firefox, and Safari Web browsers. (Sorry, Chrome fans.)
• Some presentations are too big to broadcast. The
maximum size depends on the service you’re using
to broadcast the show; for the PowerPoint broadcast
service, for example, the upper limit is 20 MB.
• Media clips (both audio and video) and narrations
don’t broadcast. If you play a video as you present
the slideshow, for example, your audience doesn’t
see or hear it.
• Most transitions and a few animations won’t appear
on your audience’s screens. In those cases,
PowerPoint uses Fade.
• You can’t use a pen or a highlighter to mark up slides
during a slideshow that you’re broadcasting.
• If you click a hyperlink that goes to a website or opens
a file, your audience doesn’t see the webpage or file
you opened. Instead, they continue to see the slide
that holds the link.
• The same thing is true if you switch to another
program during the slideshow—your audience can’t see
the other program, just the current PowerPoint slide.
• There will probably be some lag time between what
appears on your screen and what the members of your
audience see on theirs. Pace yourself accordingly.
If you prefer, you can set the amount of time between transitions manually. In Slide
Sorter view, select the first slide and click the Transitions tab. In the Advance Slide
section, make sure the On Mouse Click checkbox is turned off (Alt, K, M toggles
this checkbox off and on). In the same section, turn on the After checkbox (if it isn’t
already) and type in the amount of time you want the slide to stay on the screen. If
you want the slide to stay on screen for 30 seconds, for example, the number in the
After box would be “00:30:00.”
If you want all slides to have the same timing, click Transitions ➝ Apply to All (Alt,
K, L). If you want different slides to be onscreen for different amounts of time, type
in the timings individually. (You can also apply the same timing to all slides and then
select and adjust only certain slides.)
So far so good. Now each slide has an amount of screen time assigned to it. Your next
step is to identify the presentation as one that runs itself. Here’s how:
1. SelectSlideShow ➝ SetUpSlideShow(Alt,S,S).
The Set Up Show dialog box (Figure 24-8) opens.
2. In the “Show type” section, turn on the “Browsed at a kiosk (full screen)”
When you turn on this radio button, PowerPoint automatically turns on the
checkbox labeled “Loop continuously until ‘Esc’ ”, and grays it out so you can’t