Create a screen saver from slides

Applies to
Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003
Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 and 2002

You might want to reinforce the message from the company meeting by using the mission statement slide as your office computer's screen saver. Or maybe you want a screen saver as a lasting reminder of the PowerPoint presentation you worked so hard to create for last summer's family reunion. Many third-party applications will convert your slide to a screen saver. However, if you want a fast solution and don't require the animations or transitions you set in your original presentation, you can make a screen saver from a slide or from an entire presentation by using PowerPoint and Microsoft Windows® XP. By saving your slide or presentation to a folder on your hard disk and changing your screen saver options, you can keep business objectives or family memories right on your desktop.

Screen saver

Step 1: Save your slide or presentation as a .bmp file
  1. Open the PowerPoint presentation. If you want to save a specific slide, select it in normal view.
  2. On the File menu, click Save As.

Select an empty folder or create a new empty folder in which to save your presentation or slide.

 Note    If you use the My Pictures folder under My Documents, make sure it is empty.

  1. In the Save as type box, click Device Independent Bitmap, and then click Save. You can keep the original presentation file name or create a new name.
  2. Click Every Slide or Current Slide Only, and then click OK. (In PowerPoint 2000, click Yes to export every slide.)

Your presentation or slide is saved to the folder that you selected. After you close your PowerPoint presentation, you will use Windows XP to open the presentation or slide as a screen saver.

 Note   Animations that you may have added to the original presentation will not play when you create the screen saver.

  1. Close your presentation.

Step 2: Create the screen saver

You must be running Windows XP to perform this procedure.

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Display, or click Appearance and Themes, and then click Display.
  2. On the Screen Saver tab, click My Pictures Slideshow, and in the Wait box, set the amount of time you want to elapse before the screen saver is displayed.
  3. Under Screen saver, click Settings.
  4. Under How often should pictures change?, set the slider at the interval you want between pictures, or, if you are making a single slide a screen saver, move the slider to Less (three minutes) to avoid a distracting flicker on the screen during the transitions.
  5. Under Use pictures in this folder, browse to the folder in which you saved the presentation or slide.
  6. If you saved a single slide, clear the Use transition effects between pictures and Allow scrolling through pictures with the keyboard check boxes.

 Note   Remember the screen saver transition effects in this screen saver option are predesigned and do not include the transitions that you set when you created the presentation.

  1. Click OK.
  2. To preview your new screen saver, on the Screen Saver tab, click Preview.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003