Prepare Your Presentation Slide Show with Set Up Show Dialog

If you are preparing your PowerPoint presentation to play the slideshow, then here are some PowerPoint tips that you may consider. In PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 you can find a Slide Show menu in the PowerPoint ribbon. From here, you can configure how to play the presentation slideshow and access the Set Up Show dialog, which is very helpful to configure the slideshow properties.

Prepare Your Presentation Slide Show with Set Up Show Dialog

Let’s review what we can find in this dialog which is very powerful for any serious presenter:

Control the Show Type

By default, PowerPoint will play the slideshow in full-screen mode. Maybe you are familiar with this option, and can notice that when you press F5 or start slideshow, the presentation is displayed in full-screen. However, under Show type section we can choose how to play the slideshow, for example if we want to play the PPT presentation in a normal window that we can resize or in a kiosk mode or presented by a speaker.

Show Options

Under show options you can configure whether to play animations, transitions or remove the narrations during the slideshow. You can also change the default pen color and laser pointer color under this section. And you can check the option to loop continuously until Esc is pressed.

Show slides

Under Show slides section you can configure what slides should be played during the slideshow. By default all slides will be played unless you configure the From to To values or select a Custom show (if there is at least one defined). See more about Custom shows in PowerPoint if you want to learn more about what are Custom shows.

Advance slides

Here you can change if the slides will be advanced manually or using timings if these were properly configured.

Multiple monitors

If you are planning to play a PowerPoint presentation on multiple monitors then here you can configure what is the default monitor to be used. You can change to the Primary monitor or any other available monitor to play the presentation. Alternatively you can check the Show Presenter View if you want to enable this feature.

More about the Slide Show menu in PowerPoint 2010

Additionally, the Slide Show have some other interesting features that you should consider. For example, you can change the Resolution to be used during the slideshow. By default the current resolution will be used, but if you have high quality images and want to perform a HD PowerPoint presentation then you may choose a better resolution.

powerpoint slide show menu

Also, from this menu you can broadcast the slideshow online and configure the Custom Slide Show options, for example if you want to use the same presentation slides to make different presentations for your organization departments. You can learn more about Custom Slide Show in the article.

Lastly, from this menu you can also Rehearse the Timings for each slide and Record Slide Show or Hide a particular slide.

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