Powerpoint Kiosk Mode – How To Loop A Powerpoint Presentation

Powerpoint presentations are used for lots of different purposes and not just business meetings and other professional setups. You can setup PowerPoint on kisok mode and create a Kiosk that displays the PowerPoint slides on the loop. If you have seen those fancy ads on TV screens, you know what I am talking about.

Today, I will show you how to create a similar setup and convert your PC into a kiosk that runs a looping PowerPoint presentation automatically on startup. We will be utilizing PowerPoint kiosk mode to loop our PowerPoint presentation. You can use this to set up different marketing campaigns, useful information displays e.t.c wherever you think these are suitable.

If you are facing any issues following this guide and use office 365, you can fix common office 365 issues easily without breaking things.

What Is Kiosk Mode in PowerPoint?

Kiosk mode in PowerPoint lets you create content or slides that you would like to play on your Kiosk screens. You see those screens or devices at shopping malls or movies with a giant touch screen, they are called kiosks.

There are other ways to achieve this, but using ppt kiosk mode is a quick and easy solution if you are looking to convert a spare TV/Mintor into a Kiosk or marketing display without additional cost.

How To Loop a Powerpoint Presentation using Kiosk Mode

You can loop a PowerPoint presentation by altering the transition setting of your ppt slides. By default, they are set to trigger on a mouse click or a key press. By changing these settings you can make a PowerPoint loop.

Like you can delete section break in word, you should keep an eye on that within your presentation as well.

I always double-check on the screen that the ppt kiosk will be installed on to see if the slides are playing as they are intended to.

I will explain this process in two parts.

First, I will cover the setting that you need to alter within PowerPoint to save a ppt in Kiosk mode.

Second, I will show you how to add the PowerPoint presentation slides to autorun on startup or every restart. This is for users that are trying to setup a PC or a display using a spare PC and would like to setup once and leave it running automatically without any input.

1. Kiosk Mode Powerpoint – Setup presentation for browsing at a kiosk

Let’s look into the necessary setting to turn the PowerPoint slides into an automatically looping ppt file with PowerPoint.

To setup your presentation for browsing at a kiosk, follow the steps below:

  • After you have created all the slides necessary, click on the “Transitions” tab on the top of the toolbar.
  • If you look towards the top right corner of the screen, you will find the “Advance Slide” option.
  • Uncheck the “On Mouse Click” option and check the “After” option – set the desired time in which the presentation will proceed to the next slide. I usually keep it around 00:04:00, which will automatically move to the next slide in 4 seconds.
  • Click on “Apply To All.” This applies the current setting to all the slides in the presentation. It’s imperative to do so because otherwise, the presentation will get stuck after it advances to the next slide to which you have applied this setting.
  • Go to the “SlideShow” tab on the top.
  • Open “Set Up Slide Show.”
  • Under “Show type,” select “Browsed at a kiosk (full screen)” and click on OK.
  • Go to File> Save AS > Select a location to save the file.
  • Under the “Save as type,” make sure you select “PowerPoint Show”(*.ppsx) – it is necessary to save it as this file format. This saves the PowerPoint file into a single file that automatically starts the PowerPoint in a full-screen presentation mode.

Now, let’s move on to the next step. That is, to add this file to the startup so that every time you start the PC or restart it, it automatically starts the presentation and plays it in a loop.

If you don’t need that to start automatically when the PC starts, you can skip this. But I would do this for automation so that whenever anyone turns the PC on, the PowerPoint slides will start playing the loop, utilizing PowerPoint Kiosk mode.

2. Adding the PowerPoint slideshow to the startup folder

If you are not familiar, you cannot access Windows 10 startup folder directly from start like in good old times.

  • Hit the “Windows Key” + “R” – this brings up the run.
  • Type “Shell:startup” and hit enter.
  • Copy the PowerPoint file that you saved earlier into this folder.
  • Restart the computer and check if the computer automatically loads the PowerPoint slideshow. One thing to check is that the PowerPoint slides start running in the loop and do not require any input to start the presentation.

That’s it – now you have successfully created a setup that can be your marketing PC that shows all of your marketing contents continuously.

I would suggest you create an auto-login to save you the trouble of having to enter the login credentials if there is a restart to complete any windows updates or upgrades.

Please leave your questions in the comment section below.

Prajwal is a senior editor @Windowslovers. A Tech enthusiast who loves to read and write articles that aid users in getting the most out of their gadgets and tech it easy.

3 thoughts on “Powerpoint Kiosk Mode – How To Loop A Powerpoint Presentation”

  1. Prajwal, good instructions on setting up the ppsx file to loop on a kiosk. My problem is that the cursor sits in the middle of the screen, and I don’t know how to get rid of it. The screen has no software on it (like Office 365), except what it takes to run the ppsx file. Any ideas?

  2. I made it as you described:
    1, Checked the KIOSK mode
    2, Saved as PPSX
    3, Copied it into the “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp” folder.

    Everything went well, only a small problem occured: after showing the 1st slide, the slideshow stoped and you had to click on the mouse in order to play the whole slideshow. After this mouseclick there was no more problem but this one mouseclick was unfortunately needed. Which was a problem, because the PC is 3 m high on the wall so nobody could climb on the wall in order to make this click…

    It is a company managed PC, question, whether is there any setting (policy) which makes required this first mouseclick…?

    • Hello, i am pretty sure there is a setting you can flick while creating the file which eliminates the need to click a button to move to the next slide?


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