AutoStart a Presentation in PowerPoint

Sometimes you just need to get down to business in PowerPoint, especially if you’re presenting to a client. You don’t want to have to open up the presentation, click on the slide show, and do all those steps. If you want a presentation to start immediately upon opening it, here’s how you do it.

  1. First off, you need to create your presentation. You’re on your own here.
  2. Once you have your presentation how you like it, Select File > Save as (or Save a Copy).
  3. Hit the drop down so that you can select type of file:
  4. Select the “PowerPoint Show” option and save your file.

The file is saved as a .ppsx file. When the file is double-clicked, it opens directly to the slide show in full screen view.

Getting Extra Fancy: Say you want to have your presentation run on system startup, as soon as a user is logged in (for simple digital signage machines or similar). That way it will always run after somebody logs in. The easiest way to do that is to add it to the start up folder. To get access to your computer’s start up folder, use your handy dandy run dialog and run either of the following commands:

  • If you want to open up the startup folder for all users (so the slide show will start up for anybody who logs in): C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp
  • If you want to open up the startup folder for just the current user: shell:startup

No matter which of the commands you run, you’ll end up with a folder that will pop-up. Put a copy of your new PPSX file into that folder, and after you reboot, it will auto start that slide show upon login.

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