How to Loop a Slideshow on PowerPoint 2013

Looping a slideshow in PowerPoint 2013 is useful for unattended presentations at trade shows, in reception areas, or on kiosk displays. A looping slideshow runs continuously until stopped.

Setting up a looping slideshow is easy in just a few steps:

  • Open your PowerPoint presentation
  • Go to the Slide Show tab and click Set Up Slide Show
  • Select Browsed at a Kiosk (Full Screen)
  • Click OK
  • Click Rehearse Timings to set slide durations
  • Click through slides using Next to advance and Pause to wait
  • Press ESC when done to keep timings

Customize Slide and Transition Timings

You can precisely control slide display and transition timings to pace your looping presentation.

On each slide:

  • Go to the Transitions tab
  • In the Timing group, set the After value to control slide display time
  • Select Apply to All to quickly set the same display time for all slides

Tip: Insert transitions between slides and set their duration too.

Add Narrations, Captions, and Audio

Enhance your automated slideshow by adding narration, closed captions, music, or sounds.


  • Go to Slide Show > Record Slide Show
  • Click Record and speak aloud as you advance through slides
  • Click Stop when done


  • Insert text boxes for captions
  • Position below images or videos


  • Insert Audio on the slide
  • Set to Play Automatically

Presentation Set Up

A few last set up steps before your slideshow is ready to loop:

  • Save your presentation
  • Test by pressing F5 to play
  • Copy to the display computer or kiosk
  • At show time, launch the slideshow

And your fully automated, continuously looping PowerPoint slideshow is ready!

More Tips for Engaging Looping Slideshows

Beyond basic slide timings and audio, a few extra tips will take your looping presentation to the next level:


  • Apply exciting transitions like Wipe, Split, Fade between slides

Motion Paths

  • Animate text and images in a Motion Path


  • Morph images from one to another


  • Add dramatic Zoom effects


  • Insert short video clips


  • Animate text bullets one by one


  • Use professionally designed templates


  • Include logo, colors, fonts on a master slide

Engaging Visuals

  • Use photos, illustrations, charts, and diagrams for visual interest


With the steps in this guide, you can create an automated, continuously playing PowerPoint slideshow. Customize slide timings and transitions, add multimedia, animation, and branding for a polished, professional presentation. Your looping slideshow is sure to impress attendees and effectively promote your message.