PowerPoint Continuous Loop: How to Keep Your Slides Running Non-Stop

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By Matthew Simpson

Creating a PowerPoint continuous loop is a nifty trick that can keep your presentation running smoothly without manual intervention. It’s perfect for situations like trade shows, information kiosks, or any event where you need your slideshow to play repeatedly on its own. In less than 100 words, here’s how you do it: Go to the ‘Slide Show’ tab, select ‘Set Up Slide Show’, then choose ‘Loop continuously until ‘Esc” and finally, set the slides to advance automatically. Voila!

Step by Step Tutorial on Creating a PowerPoint Continuous Loop

Before we dive into the step by step process, let me tell you what we’re going to accomplish here. We’re going to set your PowerPoint presentation to loop continuously, that is, to start over from the beginning once it reaches the end without you having to do a thing. It’s a great way to keep your audience engaged, especially when you’re not around to manually control the presentation.

Step 1: Open your PowerPoint presentation

Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to set to loop continuously.

This is the presentation that you want to keep running on its own. Make sure all your slides are in order and that you’ve saved any changes you’ve made.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Slide Show’ tab

Click on the ‘Slide Show’ tab at the top of the window.

This tab contains all the settings and options for how your presentation will be displayed.

Step 3: Select ‘Set Up Slide Show’

In the ‘Slide Show’ tab, select ‘Set Up Slide Show’ from the list of options.

This will open a new window with various options for setting up your slide show.

Step 4: Choose ‘Loop continuously until ‘Esc”

In the ‘Set Up Show’ window, look for the option that says ‘Loop continuously until ‘Esc” and check the box.

This tells PowerPoint to keep restarting your presentation from the first slide after the last one has displayed.

Step 5: Set slides to advance automatically

Still in the ‘Set Up Show’ window, set your slides to advance automatically after a certain number of seconds.

You can do this by checking the box ‘Using timings, if present’ under the ‘Advance slides’ section. If you haven’t pre-set timings for your slides, you can manually set them by going to the ‘Transitions’ tab and choosing the duration under ‘After’.

After completing these steps, your PowerPoint presentation will loop continuously until you press the ‘Esc’ key on your keyboard. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it solution that ensures your content is always on display.

Tips for Creating a PowerPoint Continuous Loop

  • Keep your slides simple and easy to understand since they will be playing over and over again.
  • Make sure the transitions between slides are smooth for a more professional look.
  • Double-check that all your timings are consistent, so the flow of the presentation stays steady.
  • If you’re using audio or video in your slides, ensure they are set to play automatically and check the ‘Hide During Show’ option.
  • Test your continuous loop before the actual presentation to make sure everything runs as expected.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my PowerPoint loop only a certain number of times?

Unfortunately, PowerPoint doesn’t have a built-in feature to loop a presentation a specific number of times. You would need to monitor the presentation and manually stop it after the desired number of loops.

Can I loop a single slide instead of the entire presentation?

Yes, you can. Select the slide you want to loop, go to ‘Transitions’, and check ‘After’ under ‘Advance Slide’. Set the duration you want the slide to be visible before it loops.

Will the loop work if I export my presentation as a video?

When you export your presentation as a video, the loop settings from PowerPoint do not carry over. You would need to use video editing software to create a loop effect.

Can I still manually advance slides in a looped presentation?

Yes, you can. Even though you set the presentation to advance automatically, you can still manually advance slides using your keyboard or clicker.

What if my slides are not advancing automatically in the loop?

Make sure that you’ve checked the ‘Using timings, if present’ option in the ‘Set Up Show’ window. If you haven’t set timings for each slide, they won’t advance automatically.


  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on the ‘Slide Show’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Set Up Slide Show’.
  4. Choose ‘Loop continuously until ‘Esc”.
  5. Set slides to advance automatically.


There you have it! You now know how to make a PowerPoint continuous loop. It’s a straightforward process that can elevate your presentation game, especially in settings where you need to keep the information flowing without manual input. Remember, the key to a successful continuous loop is in the details – smooth transitions, consistent timings, and comprehensive testing. So, the next time you’re gearing up for a trade show, conference booth, or any event where your presentation needs to run on autopilot, just follow these simple steps and tips. Your audience will be engaged with your continuous stream of information, and you’ll be free to focus on other important tasks at hand. Keep experimenting with different PowerPoint features to make your presentations stand out. And if you’re ever in doubt or need more information, there’s a treasure trove of resources out there to help you master the art of the perfect PowerPoint presentation. Happy looping!