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Playing Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to play custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and 8






After you create custom slide shows, you will want to present them to your audience. Yes, you could access the Custom Shows dialog box, and then select a show and then choose to play it, but that's a long process indeed. In this tutorial, we will show how you can access the same custom show more easily. And then we will also show you how you can set any custom show as the default, this means that when you actually play your presentation in Slide Show view, only the slides within the custom show you select will be shown!

Follow these steps to play a custom slide show in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Open the presentation within which you have created the custom slide show.
  2. Access the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon, and click the Custom Slide Show button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

    Custom Slide Show button
    Figure 1: Custom Slide Show button
  3. This brings up the Custom Slide Show drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 2. Here you can see all the custom shows created, we created one custom show that we named Sample Show. You can see this listed within the Custom Slide Show drop-down menu (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Custom Slide Show drop-down menu
    Figure 2: Custom Slide Show drop-down menu
  4. Click the name of the custom slide show to play.

Here's an alternative option that lets you set any custom show as the default slide show:

  1. Access the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon, and click the Set Up Slide Show button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Set Up Slide Show button
    Figure 3: Set Up Slide Show button
  2. This opens the Set Up Show dialog box, as shown in Figure 4. Here, select the Custom show radio button (highlighted in red within Figure 4).

    Set Up Show dialog box
    Figure 4: Set Up Show dialog box
  3. Click the down-arrow (highlighted in blue within Figure 4) to see the list of custom slide shows. Choose the custom slide shown you want, and click the OK button.
  4. The next time when you bring up Slide Show view, you'll see the custom show you selected earlier.

You can learn some tricks with Custom Slide Shows in our Tips for Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

See Also:

Playing Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Playing Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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