How to Start a Slideshow in PowerPoint

There are multiple ways you can deliver a PowerPoint presentation, such as distributing paper handouts or by running the presentation on a computer. Running a presentation on a computer is the preferred method because it gives you the most control over the presentation and allows you to use multimedia, animation, and other effects.

Start and End a Slide Show

  1. Click the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
  2. Select From Beginning or From Current Slide.

    You can also press F5 on your keyboard or click the Slide Show button in the status bar to start the presentation.

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  3. To exit the presentation and return to normal view, click the Options button.
  4. Select End Show.

    Pressing the Escape key also ends the presentation.

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Move Through Slides

There are navigation buttons located at the bottom-left of a slide when presenting. You can use these to navigate a presentation or use navigation keystroke shortcuts on the keyboard.

  1. Click the arrows to move forward or back in the presentation.
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Keyboard Shortcuts for Presenting a Slide Show

Action Keyboard Shortcut
Advance to the next slide Click the left mouse button or press any of the following keys on the keyboard: Enter, Spacebar, ?, ?, N, or Page Down.
Go back to the previous slide Press any of the following keys on the keyboard: ?, ?, P, or Page Up.
Jump to a specific slide Type the slide number and press Enter.
Display a white screen Press W.
Display a black screen Press B.
Turn on the laser pointer Hold the Ctrl key and click and hold the left mouse button.
Turn on the pen tool Press Ctrl + P.
End the presentation Press the Esc key.

Switch Programs

Sometimes when you're in a presentation, you'll need to switch to a different program to present information.

  1. While presenting, click the Options button.
  2. Select Screen.
  3. Select Show Taskbar.
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    The taskbar pops up at the bottom and now you are free to navigate.

  4. Click the program you need to jump to.
  5. When you’re ready to switch back, just click the PowerPoint icon in the taskbar.
  6. Select the presentation.
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