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How to Time Slides in a Self-Running PowerPoint 2007 Presentation

After you’ve created your self-running PowerPoint presentation, the next task is to tell PowerPoint how long to keep each slide on-screen. As you decide, imagine how long viewers would like each slide to remain. Try to calculate how long it takes the average viewer to take in a slide.

PowerPoint offers three ways to indicate how long you want each slide to stay on-screen. You can keep all slides on-screen the same amount of time, choose a different time for each slide, or rehearse the presentation and tell PowerPoint to keep each slide on-screen for the amount of time it remained on-screen during the rehearsal.

Follow these steps to keep all slides in a self-running presentation on-screen for the same amount of time:

  1. Switch to Slide Sorter view.

    In Slide Sorter view, you can see how long each slide is supposed to remain on-screen.

  2. Click the Animations tab.

  3. Deselect the On Mouse Click check box.

    Deselecting this check box tells PowerPoint to advance slides after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

    Enter how long you want each slide or all the slides to remain on-screen in the Automatically After
    Enter how long you want each slide or all the slides to remain on-screen in the Automatically After box.
  4. Select the Automatically After check box.

  5. Click the Apply to All button.

    This tells PowerPoint to advance all slides in the presentation after a certain amount of time has elapsed. Later, you can adjust time periods for individual slides.

  6. Enter how long you want the slide or all the slides to remain on-screen.

    How you do this depends on whether you want the slides to stay on-screen the same amount of time:

    • All slides the same time: Enter a time period in the Automatically After text box and click the Apply to All button again.

    • Each slide a different time: One by one, select each slide and enter a time period in the Automatically After text box.

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