How to View a Windows 8 Slide Show

Windows 8 offers a simple slide slow 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 either of these two ways:

  • When in your Pictures library or folder, click the Manage tab; then click the Slide Show icon from along the folder’s top.

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

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 Clockwise or Rotate Counterclockwise.

  • The slide show includes only photos in your current folder; it won’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.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.

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