Create a self-running presentation

By using a self-running presentation created in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can communicate your information without a presenter. For example, you can set up a presentation to run unattended in a booth or kiosk (kiosk: A computer and monitor, typically located in an area frequented by many people, that can include touch screens, sound, or video. Kiosks can be set up to run PowerPoint presentations automatically, continuously, or both.) at a trade show or convention, or you can send a CD with a self-running presentation to a client.

You can make most controls unavailable, so that your audience cannot make changes to your self-running presentation. Self-running presentations restart after they are finished and when they have been idle on a manually advanced slide for longer than five minutes.

This article covers considerations and suggestions for creating and producing a self-running presentation. Other articles cover many of the ways to distribute a self-running presentation, including package a presentation for CD or turn your presentation into a video.

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Set up a self-running presentation

To set up a PowerPoint presentation to run automatically, do the following:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.
  2. In the Set Up Show box, under Show type, do one of the following:
  3. For a presentation to be viewed by users click Browsed at a kiosk (full screen).

 Important    If you set up a presentation to run at a kiosk, remember to also set slide timing options, or use navigation hyperlinks to other documents or Internet sites, or action buttons such as graphics users can click to go forward or back in the presentation. Otherwise, your self-running presentation will not advance beyond the first slide.

Rehearse and record slide timings

 Note    Be prepared to begin timing your presentation immediately after you perform the first step in this procedure.

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Rehearse Timings.

The Rehearsal toolbar appears and the Slide Time box begins timing the presentation.

Rehearsal dialog box

The Rehearsal toolbar

Callout image Next (advance to next slide)

Callout image Pause

Callout image Slide Time

Callout image Repeat

Callout image Total presentation time

  1. While timing your presentation, do one or more of the following on the Rehearsal toolbar:
    • To move to the next slide, click Next.
    • To temporarily stop recording the time, click Pause.
    • To restart recording the time after pausing, click Pause.
    • To set an exact length of time for a slide to appear, type the length of time in the Slide Time box.
    • To restart recording the time for the current slide, click Repeat.
  2. After you set the time for the last slide, a message box displays the total time for the presentation and prompts you to do one of the following:
    • To keep the recorded slide timings, click Yes.
    • To discard the recorded slide timings, click No.

Slide Sorter view appears and displays the time of each slide in your presentation.

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Add narration

Adding narration can help deliver information more clearly in your self-running presentation.

To record a narration, your computer requires a sound card, a microphone, and a microphone connector if the microphone is not a part of your computer. You can record a narration before you run a presentation, or you can record it during the presentation and include audience comments. If you do not want narration throughout your entire presentation, you can record separate sounds or comments on selected slides or objects. For more information, see Record and add narration and timings to a slide show.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010