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How to Start a PowerPoint Slide Show

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To start a PowerPoint slide show on your desktop, open your slide show and click “Start Slide Show” on the “Slide Show” tab. If you are using the web application, select “From the beginning” in the “Slideshow” tab. On mobile, just tap the Monitor icon at the top of your screen.

There’s nothing like finishing a presentation after spending hours making it perfect. Now, show off your hard work by starting your Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow on desktop, web, and mobile using the methods below.

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Start a slide show in the PowerPoint desktop app

To play a slideshow in the PowerPoint desktop app, all you have to do is click an option or press a shortcut on your keyboard.

Start the process by opening your presentation with PowerPoint. Then, on the app ribbon at the top, select the “Slideshow” tab.

Select "Slide presentation" on top.

On the “Slide Show” tab, in the “Start Slide Show” section, select “From Beginning” (or press F5). Now your presentation will play from the first slide.

If you want to start the slideshow from your current slide, choose the “From Current Slide” option. Alternatively, press Shift + F5 on your keyboard.

Select "From the beginning" either "From the current slide".

While your presentation is playing, you can perform various tasks, such as moving to the next slide or ending the presentation. You can display these options by right-clicking anywhere on the slide.

Slideshow options in PowerPoint for desktop.

Alternatively, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts while viewing your slideshow:

  • space bar either Right arrow button: Go to the next slide in the presentation.
  • Left Arrow Button: Go to the previous slide in the presentation.
  • esc: End the show.
  • W: Hide your current slide and show a white screen. Press the same key again to retrieve the content of the slide.
  • B: Hide your current slide and show a black screen. Go back to the slide content by pressing the same button.
  • Ctrl + left mouse button: Activate the laser point tool to point to things on your slides.
  • Ctrl+P: Launch the pencil tool to annotate the content of your slide during your presentation. You can choose whether you want to keep these annotations when the program ends.
  • Ctrl + me: Access the highlight tool to highlight items on your slides.

If you want to jump to a specific slide during the presentation, press that slide’s number on your keyboard and press Enter. For example, press 12 and press Enter to get to that slide quickly.

To access Presenter View, where you can see upcoming slides and other options, right-click anywhere on the slide and select “Show Presenter View.”

Presenter view in PowerPoint for desktop.

With these options, you can start a slideshow and have it play exactly the way you want.

Start a slide show in the PowerPoint web app

To play a slideshow on the web, launch your preferred web browser and access PowerPoint on the web. Then open your presentation.

From the PowerPoint ribbon at the top, select the “Slide Show” tab.

Access the tab

In the “Slideshow” tab, start your slideshow from the first slide by clicking the “From Beginning” option. To have your show play from your current slide, choose “From Current Slide.”


Your presentation is now playing.

To reveal options for moving slides, annotating items, and using Presenter Coach, move your cursor to the bottom left corner of the screen. Then click on the appropriate icon.

Slideshow options in PowerPoint for the web.

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Start a slideshow in the PowerPoint mobile app

To start a slide show in the PowerPoint mobile app, launch the app on your phone and open your presentation.

On the presentation screen at the top, touch the Monitor icon to play the slideshow.

Your presentation has already started.

To move to the next slide, swipe left on your screen. To go to the previous slide, swipe right.

Swipe left or right to move the slides.

You can reveal PowerPoint presentation options, such as annotations and black screen tools, by tapping at the top of your presentation. Then choose the option you would like to use.

Slideshow options in PowerPoint for mobile devices.

And that is. Happy introduction!

Want to learn some tips to help you make the best PowerPoint presentations? If so, take a look at our guide.

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