A visually striking PowerPoint presentation can go a long way in attracting and holding people’s attention, whether they are guests at a wedding or visitors to a museum exhibition. It doesn’t matter if you want to help the audience retain information or build an emotional connection. Playing the presentation repeatedly in the background can help your goal significantly.
If you’re not sure how to keep the presentation going without having to manually restart it, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how to loop a PowerPoint presentation.
Repeat a PowerPoint presentation on a PC
After you’ve designed the perfect Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for your event, you can easily adjust the settings to make it loop instead of ending after a single view.
- Open the presentation you want to repeat in PowerPoint.
- Click the “Slideshow” tab at the top of your screen.
- Press the “Set up slideshow” button.
- Navigate to the “Show options” section in the “Set up show” pop-up window.
- Check the “Walk continuously until ‘Esc'” checkbox.
If you left it at that, the presentation would continue afterwards, but you’d still have to click between the slides to keep it going. So this option only works if a speaker is always present, which is highly unlikely and inconvenient.
Let’s set up an automatic slide transition so that the presentation does all the work from start to finish.
- In the “Set Up Show” pop-up window, locate the “Advance Slides” section.
- Check the box next to “Use times, if any.”
- Press “OK”.
The next step is to handle the “If any” section of the checkbox. Follow these steps to set the timing for the automatic slide transition.
- Click the first slide in the “Slides” preview pane on the left.
- Hold down the “Shift” button and click on the last slide to select all slides in your presentation.
- Go to the “Transitions” tab at the top.
- Locate the “Timing” section.
- Uncheck the box next to “On mouse click.”
- Check the box next to ‘After’.
- In the field next to ‘After’, enter how long you want each slide to show.
The duration of the slides depends on the content of your presentation. You can move it a little faster if it’s a full-frame display. This way the audience doesn’t have to stare at a static screen for too long. Otherwise, make sure people have enough time to read the text on each slide, especially if your goal is to educate them about a service or product.
When everything is set up, the presentation will automatically reach the last slide. From there it will automatically go back to the beginning.
If the presentation is set up in such a way that it cannot always be followed, visitors may become impatient and switch slides manually. Such interference would disable automatic slide progression. To avoid this, you need to change one more setting in your presentation.
- Go back to the “Slideshow” tab.
- Click the “Set up slideshow” button.
- Navigate to the “Show Type” section at the top of the pop-up window.
- Check the “Browsed in a kiosk (full screen)” box.
- Press OK.”
The Forward and Back keys are locked when this show type is enabled. No one will be able to disrupt the progress of the presentation. You can press the Esc button to exit the slideshow when the event is over.
Before your presentation has its big day, make sure everything is set up correctly. To preview your presentation, follow these steps.
- Click the “Slideshow” tab.
- Tap the “Play from the beginning” or “From the beginning” button.
Go through your presentation and check if it repeats from the beginning once it reaches the last slide. If you are sure the looping is enabled, press the Esc key and save your work.
Repeat a PowerPoint presentation on a TV
While this process is quite simple, it only works if your TV supports the PPT format and thus can play a PowerPoint presentation. Not all TVs have this option.
You can use a number of methods to loop a PowerPoint presentation on a TV that does not support this format.
Connecting a laptop
The easiest solution to your problem is to connect a laptop to your TV via an HDMI cable.
- Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the laptop.
- Find an HDMI port on your TV and plug in the other end of the cable.
- Switch to the “HDMI” display on your TV using the remote control.
Now you can play the looped presentation on your laptop, which will continue on your TV until you manually stop it.
Using a PowerPoint TV player
You need an alternative solution if you can’t leave your laptop hanging from the TV for an extended period of time. Another great way to play a self-running presentation on your TV is to use a PowerPoint player called PowerPlayer. This product supports the native PNG format; you can just connect it to any TV you want.
Can you repeat a PowerPoint presentation on an iPad? Not directly
Although available on iPad, the PowerPoint app does not offer the same auto-play functionality as the PC version. You can always repeat your presentation on a computer and play it on your iPad. However, if you want to repeat the presentation directly on the device, you must open it with Apple’s own presentation app, Keynote.
- Open your presentation with Keynote.
- Tap the three dots icon in the top right corner of your screen.
- Select ‘Settings’.
- Go to “Presentation type”.
- Select the “Self-playing” option.
Now that your presentation is set up to continue automatically, all you need to do is control the looping.
- In the “Presentation Type” window, enable the “Restart Show if Idle” option.
- Drag the slider next to the option to adjust the amount of idle time it takes to restart the presentation.
- Enable the “Loop Slideshow” option to have the presentation loop continuously.
Keep everyone informed
After spending a lot of time making your PowerPoint presentation informative and aesthetically pleasing, you want to show it to the world with pride. Playing once is definitely not enough, so you want to repeat your presentation and make sure everyone gets a chance to see it. While creating the perfect presentation can be time-consuming, it’s a simple process that won’t take you more than a few minutes.