Loop a PowerPoint Slide Show

Powerpoint Loop
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PowerPoint slideshows are not always used by a live presenter. Slideshows are often set to loop continuously so they can run unattended. They can contain all the content that the viewer might need to know -- such as information about a product that is being demonstrated at a trade show.

Important Note - For the slideshow to run unattended, you must have set timings for slide transitions and animations to run automatically. For information on how to set timings on transitions and animations, see the related tutorial links at the end of this article.

Loop a PowerPoint Slide Show

How you loop a PowerPoint Slide Show can differ depending on which version of PowerPoint you are using. Choose your version below, and then use the instructions:

PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007 (all Windows versions)

  1. Click the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
  2. Then click the Set Up Slide Show button.
  3. The Set Up Show dialog box opens. Under the Show options section, check the box for Loop continuously until 'Esc'
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box.
  5. Make sure you save your presentation (Ctrl+S is the keyboard shortcut to save).
  6. Play the presentation to test that the looping is working.

PowerPoint 2003 (Windows)

  1. Click the Slide Show > Set Up Show... option on the menu.
  2. The Set Up Show dialog box opens. Under the Show options section, check the box for Loop continuously until 'Esc'
  3. Click OK to close the dialog box.
  4. Make sure you save your presentation (Ctrl+S is the keyboard shortcut to save).
  5. Play the presentation to test that the looping is working.

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