Microsoft PowerPoint has many little-known tools and functions focused on automating processes and tasks. For example, to display on your own. As it is not always possible to present a PowerPoint in public in the classic style, in person, sometimes we must go to alternatives, such as sharing the PowerPoint presentation and that everyone sees it on their own or turn it into a practical video that includes the explanations in Audio.
Another solution, although with a different purpose, is to automate the presentation so that it executes or presents itself without our intervention. This option is very useful in video walls or screens facing the public where you can see a PowerPoint presentation whose slides happen without anyone touching anything.
Let’s see how we can do this so that a PowerPoint is presented automatically and following the orders that we have previously given.
An Independent Presentation
Although PowerPoint allows you to move forward or backwards on slides manually, it also allows you to automate that process so that we can focus on our speech.
Once we have a PowerPoint presentation ready to be presented, we must go to the Presentation tab with slides and click on Configure presentation with slides.
The key is in the Type of presentation field, where we must choose the third option: Examined in the exhibition (full screen). That will show the loop presentation, over and over again, occupying the entire window. If we simply want to show the presentation once, we can choose Examined individually (window).
Optionally, it is possible to determine which slides to show and which not without the need to edit the presentation.
Another interesting option is the Test intervals, which we will also find in the Presentation tab with slides. We will see a small recording window that will allow us to precisely rehearse, that is, check the time it takes to read each slide or present it to the public. Thus, between slides and slides, different intervals will pass adapting to the content of each slide.
We will see how the counter runs and we can go to the next slide with the first button or recalculate the interval of the slide with the button located between the timers. The first counter shows the time of that slide and the second the total time of the entire presentation. At the end of the calculation or test, we will be asked if we confirm these intervals and the total time.
Include A Voiceover
PowerPoint presentations can include an audio track in case we cannot make a live presentation, and in the case of an automatic presentation like the one we are seeing in this article, recording audio makes more sense if possible.
From the Presentation tab click on Record presentation and we will see the options Start recording from the beginning and Start recording from the current slide. We choose the one that suits us, and in the control window that will open, we must select Narrations and laser pointer.
Then we click on Start Recording and we can now record the audio as we see the slides and we can pass them manually. At any time it is possible to pause the recording, start over and see the recording time.