How to Start a Slideshow in PowerPoint (3 Methods)

One of the most important aspects of creating a PowerPoint presentation is knowing how to start a slideshow. Starting a slideshow is essential for presenting your content to an audience, whether it’s in person or an online presentation.

If you’re new to PowerPoint or need a refresher, there are three easy ways to start a slideshow in PowerPoint. In this article, I will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to start a PowerPoint slideshow. There are several ways to begin your presentation, and we will explore three of the most common methods.

Method one: Via the menu bar

To start a presentation slideshow, you may navigate to the Slide Show menu and then you can select either From Beginning or From Current Slide. Alternatively, PowerPoint lets you Present in Teams in case you want to show it at your Microsoft Teams meeting.

However, this method may only be available in the recent versions of PowerPoint.

Method two: Using the Slide Show icon

At the bottom right corner of the screen, there is a row of icons. One of them is called Slide Show (located next to the zoom slider). If you click the icon, it will run the slideshow immediately.

This method pretty much exists in almost all PowerPoint versions, even the ones that were released decades ago.

Method three: Using a keyboard key

The easiest way to launch your presentation in PowerPoint is by pressing the F5 key on the keyboard. Some laptop users may need the combination of Fn+F5 to make it work.

How to end the slideshow?

There are quite a lot of ways to end your presentation without having to reach the end of the slide. Here are some you could try.

  • Right-click on the and select End Show.
  • Press the Escape (Esc) key on the keyboard.
  • If you are using Presenter View, you can click End Slide Show at the top of the screen.

That’s all. I hope this guide helps you. Next up, learn how to insert GIFs to your presentation slide to make it more attractive!

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