The Slideshow Toolbar in Photoshop Elements 12 - dummies

The Slideshow Toolbar in Photoshop Elements 12

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Viewing files in Slideshow view in Photoshop Elements can be helpful for quickly previewing the files you want to edit for all kinds of output, as well as for previewing photos that you might use for an exported slide show.

The Slideshow toolbar, shown in the figure, offers the following options for slide viewing (from left to right):


  • Previous Media: Click the left arrow to open the previous photo or other media.

  • Play/Pause: Click to play or pause a slide show.

  • Next Media: Click the right arrow to advance to the next photo or other media.

  • Theme: This item was named Transitions in earlier versions of Elements. When you enter Full Screen view, the Themes tool is selected, and when you click it, the Select Transition dialog box opens, as shown in the figure.

    Four transition effects are displayed in the dialog box. You can preview a transition effect by placing the cursor over one of the images. When you find an effect you like, click the image and click OK to change the transition.


    Filmstrip: Click this tool to show or hide the filmstrip that appears on the bottom of the Full Screen view.

    View: The View tool displays a pop-up menu when you click the tool. The pop-up menu gives you two choices for how you view media side by side: horizontally or vertically. Choosing either option splits the screen where two media items are shown. When one of these options is chosen, you can return to the default for a view of a single item onscreen by selecting the single monitor icon.

    While viewing a slide show, you can zoom in and out of photos by using the scroll wheel on your mouse.

  • Sync Panning and Zooming: This tool is active only when you view media side by side vertically or horizontally. Click the tool and both media items sync when panning and zooming.

  • Settings: Click to open the Full Screen View Options dialog box, shown in the figure. Notice that you can choose a music file to play background music while viewing a slide show, set the page durations, and display items such as captions.


  • Fix: Click this tool to open the Edit panel.

  • Organize: Click this tool to open the Organize panel.

  • Info: Click this tool to open the Properties panel. This panel contains the same information and editing options as the Information panel.

  • Exit: Click this tool to exit Full Screen view and return to the Organizer. You can also press Esc to exit Full Screen view.

  • Show All Controls (left arrow): Click the tiny right-pointing arrow on the right side of the toolbar, and the toolbar expands to reveal additional tools or collapse the panel and hides the Fix, Organize, and Info tools.

The main thing to keep in mind is that the Full Screen view is a temporary viewing option you have in Elements. It’s not permanent. You use the view for a quick display method on your computer when you want to show off some photos to family and friends. Windows users have more permanent options for saving files as slide shows that they can share with other users.