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A slide show displays each of the slides in the presentation in sequence in full-screen view. For a large audience, you can project the slide show from a laptop's video output, saving you the time, cost, and trouble of producing 35mm slides (to say nothing about losing out on any animations you have created).

To view a slide show:

  1. Choose View > Slide Show, or press F5.

  2. To view the next slide, press the spacebar, the Page Down key, the right-arrow key, the down-arrow key, or just click the left mouse button.

  3. To cancel the slide show, press Esc.

    See Chapter 15 for additional information on slide shows.


Editing mode and presentation (Show) mode are completely separate. During a slide show, all editing menus and toolbars are invisible and unavailable.

To preview a slide show starting with the current slide, click the Slide Show button at the lower-left of the application window.

To run a slide show directly from Windows Explorer or My Computer, without launching PowerPoint, just right-click the presentation's filename and choose Show from the shortcut menu.

During a slide show, practice advancing to the next slide or element with the right arrow key, and going to the previous slide with the left arrow key.

During a slide show, experiment with the right-mouse click to display the Shortcut menu. This gives you the option of marking up your slide or going to any slide by title.

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