Understanding Windows Slide Show

by Barry Dysert
(last updated March 7, 2019)

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If you have pictures in a folder, you can have Windows present those pictures in a full-screen slide show. To do this, navigate to the folder containing the pictures, select what pictures you want for your slide show (if you don't select any, all of the pictures in the folder will be used), and click the Slide Show option near the top of the Windows Explorer window (Windows 7). If you are using a Windows 10 system, after selecting the pictures you wish to have in your slide show, click the Slide Show option on the Picture Tools tab near the top of the File Explorer window. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Running a slide show.

You can terminate the slide show by pressing the Esc key or by right-clicking the screen and choosing the Exit command from the resulting Context menu. Bringing up the Context menu also reveals some other controls you have over how your slide show operates. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Controlling a slide show.

The Context menu includes the following options for controlling the slide show:

  • Play. Resumes playing the slide show if it's paused.
  • Pause. Pauses the slide show until you click on Play.
  • Next. Display the next slide immediately.
  • Back. Display the previous slide immediately.
  • Shuffle. Play the pictures in a random order.
  • Loop. Automatically restart the slide show after the last picture has been displayed. This is a default setting.
  • Slide Show Speed - Slow. Slow down the speed of the slide show.
  • Slide Show Speed - Medium. Set the speed of the slide show to medium. This is a default setting.
  • Slide Show Speed - Fast. Speed up the speed of the slide show.
  • Exit. Exit the slide show.

 This tip (12555) applies to Windows 7 and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is five more than 3?

2018-03-21 15:09:38

alan

i want my win 10 slideshow to change every 15 mins while i give a talk on the subject showing but the slowest is to fast my old windows 7 was easier just right click


2017-02-24 22:33:21

Alan K. Chan

Is there a way to add additional speeds? Maybe in the registry? I'm looking for speeds slower than 10s/pic.


2015-11-16 14:21:10

p0kkelis

Slow = 10s /pic
Medium = 5s /pic
Fast = 3s /pic


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