PowerPoint 2010/2007: Automatically Advance Slides During Presentation

Want to automate all of the slides in PowerPoint 2010 or 2007? Here’s how.

1.  Click Home then click somewhere in the left Slides pane.

2. Hold down Ctrl and press the A key. All of the slides should show as highlighted on in the pane.

Slides pane

3. Click the Animations tab. Over to the left you can select Automatically After and set time you wish to display each slide.

Animations tab

Now your slides should change to the next one automatically.


  1. Jack says

    I have inserted a transition sound so that when you advance a slide a chime rings. Works fine but no success with trying to get the slides to chime when they are advancing automatically. Using PowerPoint 2008. Any way to do that?


  2. Cal says

    I had trouble getting slides to advance throught my presentation, and the problem was with my sound file; when your sound file is inserted click on the speaker symbol (drag it into the border of the screen) and look up above the task bar for the sound tools pull down menu. Select play sounds across slides and it should work! Good luck!

  3. Micky Tostevin says

    Hello I know this string is a little old but I wonder if you can help?

    I have a narration recorded as a wav file and have laid it up on 35 slides with transitions, set it to play across all slides and to start 1 sec after the start of the show.

    So Far so good, i have entered all the times of the slide transitions and within each slide I have the animation timingd and durations set.

    I have timed the narration track so the slide changes are in the right place. when i run the slide show skide one comes up, the narration plays, the animations animate….it transitions to slide two, the narration continues, the animation animates…it passes the time it should transition to slide three and four and nothing happens, the narration continues to run but the slides don’t advance.\i am sure that it is something I am doing wronfg but have checked the presentation over about a million times (well at least it seems like that) all to no avail.

    Can you help a muppet with a problem?

    Many Thanks MickyT

  4. Dill Pickle says

    Mine didn’t work until I checked off the box for use slide timings under the Slide Show tab. Hope that helps!

  5. Jan says

    I am new to ppt. I created one slide show by recording a voice over each slide and it worked perfectly. All the slides move through automatically and play back by simply starting the slide show. HOWEVER, I did it for a second ppt slide show and after the first slide it stops. I have to press for ever slide to continue through (including the transition bullets on each slide) I want to save these recorded presentations for people to watch automatically and I am so frustrated because I have recorded it about 15 times now and it STILL won’t work. I don’t see that I am doing anything differently than I did with the first presentation. Can ANYONE HELP ME?

  6. Jeff Allen says

    I have used this feature in 2007 with no problem. I “upgraded” to 2010, and now I have a new issue. When the presenter view is not the top window on my main desktop, then the slides will not advance. I have the presentation on a second monitor running as advertisements in a bar, and the presenter view window is not something I can keep on top.

    It also does not work if I disable presenter view. Any thoughts?

  7. ernest ainstley says

    I think my powerpoint program has a glitch in it. I’ve done EVERYTHING you said to do here. Yet no matter if I click on “manual” or “automatic” the slides are STILL not advancing (not at all … not with or without mouse clicks). It just stays on the first slide. Background music starts. Animations on the first page begin. The slide just simply does NOT advance.

  8. Francis S. Jones says

    I have a ppt presentation in which I want 5 slides only to transition after about 1 second without a mouse click. I unclicked the “on mouse click” and then click “automatically after” and put in 1 second.
    Then I clicked on Slide Show and click on “Set up show” and then click “Using Timings if Present.”
    That works. The slides which have timings now will automatically transition after the given timing.

  9. hcg injections says

    This is great, but I have a different problem.

    I want to be able to have the first animation of each slide automatically start without having to click, but I still want the other slides that are marked ‘on click’ to start on click.

    This seems to be a bug in Powerpoint. The option to start a slide automatically should allow a person to still stop the slide a certain positions, regardless if the slide started automatically. Thats the reason each animation has its own settings; i.e. ‘with previous’, ‘after previous’, ‘on click’.

    Anyone have any help for this problem.

  10. Tobin Fekkes says

    If anyone is still having troubles, follow Lim Chin Kah’s advice. Worked like a charm!

  11. Bernie L says

    I tried all of these and non worked. Why is Microsoft so messed up? Never had any trouble with Office 2003. I hope Apple clean their clocks!

    If anyone has any other idea? Thanks!

  12. momalynda says

    Duhhh…at last I figure it out. And I feel real dumb. I needed under the “effect option” to also check to start playing “from last position.”

  13. momalynda says

    Okay, Lim Chin Kah, so far your instructions have helped me the most. Unfortunately, with each new slide the embedded sound starts from the beginning instead of carrying it over all of the slides. How can I get the sound to play continuously over all of the slides.

    Can anyone help me with this?


    I’m embarrassed to say how many hours I’ve spent working on this.

  14. Lim Chin Kah says

    Do you have a sound file embedded in it?

    If you do have a sound file embedded, do this:

    a. Go to the 1st slide where you have the sound file embeded.

    b. Select Animation

    c. Select Custom Animation

    d. Click on the Sound icon inside the slide.
    On the right side of the screen, click on the pull-down menu for the sound object.

    e. Select Effect Option

    f. Under the “Stop Playing: After”, enter 99.

    g. Click OK.

    Hope you can understand the above. It is difficult to explain without pictures embedded.

    I dont know why it works but it works. It is the same solution for the previous version of PPT. Microsoft is nuts!!


  15. Shanell says

    What happened to the revision and reviewer toolbars in 2007 how do you track other peoples change without going to every slide for comments please help!

  16. Jose says

    Thanks, Guys, if you actually want to have the slide effect you need to put the other slide to start automatically by making the first animation to “start with the other”

  17. Craig says

    Either in preview mode or running the .ppsx directly, my show never automatically changes slides. And for grins and giggles, I have adjusted to change slides every 5 seconds!

  18. Jennifer says

    Does anyone know how to make just ONE slide of a presentation repeat automatically (its a slide full of pictures that fade in and out using animations) until I end the slide show?

    I’ve tried this using the “set up slide show” dialogue box and clicking on the “loop continuously until esc” option but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything, at the end of the slide it just stops and doesn’t repeat again.

    Any ideas?

  19. admin says

    I couldn’t get it to work in preview mode, but I can get it to work when you actually launch the true presentation. Is it possible that’s what you’re doing?

  20. Bob Grewe says

    Tried this and others…still having problems with auto slide advance.

    Has there been an update for ppt 2007?


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