Google Slides — which is Google’s alternative to PowerPoint — lets you create and give online presentations from anywhere. It’s great if you don’t want to pay for the full Microsoft Office suite or if you’re already integrated into Google’s ecosystem.
While Slides doesn’t have all of the advanced features of PowerPoint, it does have plenty to offer. Unfortunately, a lot of the options are buried in confusing places. For example, many people don’t know that you can easily set your presentations to loop automatically.
First, click the blue Share button in the top-right corner of the page. Click Advanced in the bottom-right of the pop-up to see all options, and make sure that the file is accessible to anyone with the link (it can’t be private, as it is by default). Don’t worry; even when you do this, nobody can see it unless you send them the URL.
Next, go to File > Publish to the Web… and you’ll see a box with sharing settings. Here you can choose how often to auto-advance the slides, as well as the Restart the slideshow box to keep it running.
Once you click Publish you’ll be given a URL for your presentation. Paste that into a new tab and your auto-looping presentation will be ready!
If the amount of time you want between slides isn’t shown in the drop-down box, you can set it by editing the URL.
In the example shown below, the delayms=20000 shows the delay time in milliseconds. (20,000 ms is 20 seconds.) You can adjust this to whatever you want and can also set start=true to start=false if you don’t want the presentation to start until you activate it.
Before your next presentation, take a moment to brush up on important PowerPoint tips.
Have you ever made a looping slideshow? Do you prefer Google Slides or PowerPoint? Have your say in the comments!
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