Starting A Presentation Automatically
If you are using Windows with a Task Scheduler, you can use the Task Scheduler with a PowerPoint startup command to automatically start a presentation. Follow these instructions:
- First start PowerPoint and set up your presentation so that it runs once and then quits. Then see how long it takes to run completely. You won't be able to use the Kiosk mode in Slide Show, Set Up Slide Show, since Kiosk mode automatically sets your presentation to loop repeatedly.
- Exit PowerPoint. Then to schedule a task, select Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scheduled Tasks.
- In the Task Scheduler window, double-click Add Scheduled Task to start the Scheduled Task Wizard.
- Click Next when the first screen of the wizard appears. On the next screen, select Microsoft PowerPoint from the list of applications, then click Next.
- On the next screen, type a new name for the task if you like, then choose how often you want the task to be launched.
- For this example, choose Present, then click Next. Select the starting time for the task. For now, pick a time a few minutes from the current time. Click Next.
- Click Finish to add the task to the scheduler.
- Now, Right-Click the newly added task called Present and select Properties from the context menu.
- On the Task tab, you'll notice that the wizard has supplied the complete path to POWERPNT.EXE. Now Add a Space, then /S and the full path to your presentation file. This /S tells PowerPoint to startup and run a presentation.
- On the Schedule tab, click Advanced.
- Put a Checkmark next to Repeat Task and set the time next to Every to a little longer than the amount of time it takes to display your entire presentation. Note: Be sure NOT to put a Checkmark next to any of the Stop options on this or the following tab. The Task Scheduler isn't able to stop a running presentation automatically; any attempt to do so causes PowerPoint or the Viewer to lock up.
- Click OK when you've finished entering your settings.
The Task Scheduler will automatically launch your presentation at the time you've set, the presentation will run once, then quit, returning you to the Windows desktop. After the Every interval has elapsed, the presentation will start again and continue accordingly.
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Date of last revision: 20 September 2001.