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Play a slide show

On the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, select From Beginning:

Start a slide show from the beginning.

Move through the slide show

To move to

Press this key

The next slide


The previous slide


Use Presenter view to run your slide show

Using Presenter view is a great way to view your presentation with speaker notes on one computer (your laptop, for example), while only the slides themselves appear on the screen that your audience sees (like a larger screen you're projecting to). For complete details, see Start the presentation and see your notes in Presenter view.

Play a slide show

  1. Open the presentation that you want to play as a slide show.

  2. Do one of the following:


    Do this

    Play your slide show from the first slide

    On the Slide Show tab, click Play from Start.

    The slideshow play from start button

    Play your slide show from the currently selected slide

    Select the slide that you want to start the slide show from. On the Slide Show tab, click Play.

    Play from current slide button

    Play a custom slide show from the first slide

    On the Slide Show tab, click the arrow next to the Custom Show button, and then click Custom Slide Show on the menu. In the Custom Shows screen, click the custom slide show you want to present.

    Play custom show button

    Note: If no custom shows are listed, click Edit Custom Shows to create a new custom show.

  3. Note: You can also play a slide show by clicking the same options on the Slide Show tab.

Move through the slide show

  1. To move to

    Do this

    The next slide

    Click the right arrow, click a slide, or press N .

    The previous slide

    Click the left arrow or press P .

  2. To see a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to move through slides and manage the slide show, hold down CONTROL while you click the mouse, and then click Help.

  3. To end the slide show when you finish presenting, press ESC .

Set how your slide show is projected on two displays

When you play a slide show with two displays connected, your audience sees the full screen slide show on one screen while you see the presenter view on the other by default. If you prefer to play the slide show in full screen view on both displays, you must change the setting before you start the slide show so that the slide show is mirrored.

  • Do one of the following:

    To project the slide show as

    Do this

    Full screen on both displays

    On the Slide Show tab, click Mirror Show.

    Presenter view on your display, and full screen on the other

    Note: While using presenter view, you can change which display that presenter view is shown on — just click Swap Displays.

    On the Slide Show tab, click Presenter View.

You can run your presentation in PowerPoint for the web with an Internet connection and a web browser.

Start a slide show

  1. To start your slide show, on the Slide Show tab, select Play From Beginning.

    To start a slide show, on the View tab of the ribbon select Play From Beginning.

    (If you've turned off the Simplified Ribbon, you don't have a Slide Show tab; instead use the View tab to start Slide Show.)

  2. To manage your slide show, go to the controls in the bottom-left corner Presenting tools and do any of the following:



    Previous button.

    Go to the previous slide

    Next button.

    Go to the next slide

    View All Slides button.

    View all slides

    To skip to a particular slide, simply click it in this Grid view.

    Use Subtitles button.

    Turn subtitles on or off

    End Show button.

    End the slide show

  3. To skip to any slide in the presentation, right-click the screen and select Go to Slide. Then, enter the slide number you want in the Slide box, and select OK.

    Enter the slide number

Loop a slide show

Looping a slide show isn't supported in PowerPoint for the web. If you’d like to have this feature added, let us know by providing us feedback. See How do I give feedback on Microsoft Office? for more information.

You can show your presentation to an audience with PowerPoint Mobile.

Start presenting

On the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, select From Beginning or From Current Slide.

Start a slide show from the beginning or from the currently selected slide.

Presenter View

If you have a two-screen setup in which you are projecting from your device to a large screen, you can see Presenter View visible on your device while your audience sees the slide show on the large screen. Presenter View allows you to see your notes, get a preview of the upcoming slides, and turn ink tools on and off.

On the Slide Show tab, select Use Presenter View.

Navigate through your slides

  • To move forward through the slide show, press the spacebar on the keyboard or tap the screen.

  • To go the previous slide, press P.

  • To exit Slide Show, press Esc.

  • To make the screen go black, press B. Press B again to make the current slide visible again.

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