Start a presentation automatically with a PowerPoint Show

If you’re sending your PowerPoint presentation to colleagues or friends, or if you're running it in a booth or kiosk, you might want people to immediately watch your presentation as a slide show instead of seeing the slides in edit mode. Save your PowerPoint presentation as a PowerPoint Show (a .ppsx file) so it automatically starts the slide show when the file is opened.

Make a slide show that starts automatically when opened

  1. In PowerPoint 2016, click File > Save as.

  2. Click More options.

  3. Browse to the folder where you want to save your presentation.

  4. In the File name box, type a name for your presentation.

  5. Under Save as type, select PowerPoint Show.

    Save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show.

The file is saved as a .ppsx file. When the file is double-clicked, it opens as a slide show.

Edit a .ppsx file

  1. In PowerPoint, click File > Open.

  2. Browse to the .ppsx file, and open it.

Make a slide show that starts automatically when opened

  1. In PowerPoint, click File > Save as.

  2. Browse to the folder where you want to save your presentation.

  3. In the File name box, type a name for your presentation.

  4. Under Save as type, select PowerPoint Show.

    Save your presentation as a PowerPoint Show.
  5. The file is saved as a .ppsx file. Now, when someone double-clicks it in File Explorer (or Windows Explorer), it'll open as a slide show.

Edit a .ppsx file

  1. In PowerPoint, click File > Open.

  2. Browse to the .ppsx file, and open it.

Saving a presentation as a PowerPoint Show (.ppsx file) isn't available in PowerPoint Online.

To start a slide show in PowerPoint Online, open the file, and on the View tab of the ribbon, select From Beginning.

Select From Beginning on the View tab of the ribbon to start a slide show

For more details on running a slide show, see Present your slide show in PowerPoint Online.

See Also

Set the speed and timing of transitions

Create a self-running presentation

Record a slide show with narration and slide timings

Turn your presentation into a video

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