How to View a Slide Show in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 offers a simple slide show that displays one photo after another. It’s not fancy, but it’s a built-in way to show photos to friends crowding around your computer screen. Start the photos flowing across the screen in either of these two ways:

  • When in your Pictures folder, click the Manage tab and then click the Slide Show icon (shown here) from along the folder’s top.

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  • When viewing a photo in the Photo app, click the Slide Show button from the row of six buttons along the photo’s top edge.

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  • When viewing a single photo in Windows Photo Viewer, click the large, round Play Slide Show button (shown in the margin) from along the folder’s bottom center.

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Windows immediately darkens the screen, fills the screen with the first picture, and then cycles through each picture in the folder.

Here are more tips for successful on-the-fly slide shows:

  • Before starting the slide show, rotate any sideways pictures, if necessary, so that they all appear right-side up: Right-click the problem photo and choose Rotate Right (Clockwise) or Rotate Left (Counterclockwise).

  • The slide show includes only photos in your current folder. It doesn’t dip into folders inside that folder and show their photos, too.

  • Select just a few of a folder’s pictures and click the Slide Show button to limit the show to just those pictures. (Hold down Ctrl while clicking pictures to select more than one.)

  • Feel free to add music to your slide show by playing a song in Media Player before starting your show. Or, if you picked up a Hawaiian CD while vacationing on the islands, insert that in your CD player to play a soundtrack during your vacation slide show.