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Tutorial on making an Automatic Slideshow and Delay before Slide Advances

Scenario: You are making a slide show which runs automatically throughout your presentation without the needs of mouse clicking or entering of keyboard. The automatic slideshow can be photographs presentations and etc.

Problem: In every slide, you realize that the slide advances to another slide immediately after the last animation ends. The result? Audience does not have the chance to read your slides because it moves too quickly.

Solution: You will need to make some delay so that all your slides will pause for a while before going to the next one. There are few ways to achieve this. This tutorial will cover two simple methods.

Making an Automatic Slideshow
  1. Click View > Master > Slide Master.
  2. Click Slide Show > Slide Transition.
  3. Under Advance slide, uncheck “On mouse click”, check “Automatically after”. This will allows you to have an automatic slideshow.
  4. Close Master View.
* Take note that during the making of your presentation, there should be no animations with the setting Start: "On Click". The 'Start' setting should either be "After Previous" or "With Previous". Otherwise, the automatic slideshow will not run effectively.

Delay before Slide Advances – Method 1
This is probably the easiest way of delaying the slides. The timing for this method is very weak though.
  1. Click View > Master > Slide Master.
  2. Click Slide Show > Slide Transition.
  3. Under Advance slide, you will see that your Automatically After has been checked/ticked if you have follow the above tutorial.
  4. Modify the setting “00:00” to “00:30”. This means that the current slide will be shown for 30 seconds before advancing to the next slide. You can also modify the timing if you think that the slide pauses too long.
  5. Close Master View.
* At this moment, if you want to have a music that runs through the entire Slideshow, you can add it now. (If you add it before doing the above steps, the setting will be overwrite.) Go to the slide that you want the music to start from, then click Slide Show > Slide Transition.

Under Modify transition, modify the "Sound" field by selecting the sound you want to use. You can do so by scrolling down to the bottom of the list and click "Other Sound..." to choose a WAV file.

Click on the box next to "Loop until next sound" to put a checkmark if you want the music to repeat continuously.

If your sound isn't in the correct file format, look for an audio conversion program in Google. You can type in keywords such as "MP3 to WAV".

Delay before Slide Advances – Method 2
This is a much precise method, but slightly more tedious.
  1. Now, draw a Rectangle. You can achieve this by clicking Insert > Picture > AutoShapes > Basic Shapes > Rectangle.
  2. Drag the rectangle out of the slide so that it cannot be seen when you are in a slide show.
  3. Right click on the rectangle, click Custom Animation.
  4. Click Add Effect > Entrance > Appear.
  5. Click on the Appear Animation. Modify its setting by changing Start: “On Click” to “After Previous”.
  6. Right click on the Appear Animation, click Timing.
  7. Modify Delay: “0 seconds” to “5 seconds”. This allows the slide to pause for 5 seconds after the last animation, before it advances to the next slide.
  8. To apply the rectangle to all the slides, right click on the rectangle, click copy.
  9. At every slide, right click and click paste, or hold down Ctrl and press V on your keyboard.

* Personally, I recommend to manually copy the rectangle the every slide rather than putting the rectangle in the Slide Master for beginners. This is because animations done in Slide Master will always be on top (Animate first).

Hence, if you have an automatic slideshow that changes quite often (for example, animating many pictures on every slide), you will probably encounter difficulties.

On the other hand, if you have a simple presentation, insert the rectangle in the Slide Master. Download the sample PowerPoint file for more information.

Download: Slide Delay (Method 2)

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