Powerpoint presentations are used for lots of different purposes and not just business meetings and other professional setups. You can load a presentation file to a PC 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. You can use this to set up different marketing campaigns, useful information displays e.t.c wherever you think these are suitable.
There are other ways to achieve this, but this 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.
Playing Powerpoint Slides In A Loop on Windows Startup
I will explain this in two parts.
First, I will cover the setting that you need to alter withing powerpoint.
Second, I will show you how to add the PowerPoint presentation slides to autorun on startup or every restart.
Making a Looping Powerpoint Presentation Slides in PowerPoint
Let’s look into the necessary setting to turn the PowerPoint slides into a looping auto-playing presentation files.
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 onto 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.
Adding the PowerPoint slideshow to the startup folder
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.
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