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How to Make a Slideshow on PowerPoint

With PowerPoint’s Photo Album, select the pictures and PowerPoint creates the basic slideshow. Fill your slides with informative text and harmonizing background music, then turn your collection of slides into a self-running photo slideshow with music that can play as a video or be stored on a CD.

When you’re ready to make a photo slideshow with music, PowerPoint gets you up and running quickly. To get started, select Insert > Photo Album > New Photo Album.

Here’s how to add and format pictures for the slideshow using the Photo Album:

  1. Add pictures

    Select File/Disk and select the images you want in the picture slideshow.

  2. Enhance photos

    Place a checkmark next to the picture you want to enhance and change the orientation, contrast, and brightness. You’ll see the changes in the Preview window.

  3. Add text boxes

    To add a slide for text, select the image in the album list you want the text to follow and select New Text Box.

  4. Rearrange slides

    Place a checkmark next to the picture you want to move and select the Move Up or Move Down arrows.

  5. Choose a picture layout

    Select the Picture layout down arrow and choose how you want the pictures to appear in the slideshow.

  6. Frame the pictures

    Select the Frame shape down arrow and choose a frame style. You’ll see a preview in the Album Layout area. This option will not be selectable if the picture layout Fit to slide is enabled.

  7. Select Create when you’re finished.

Your photo slideshow is created in a new file. Add text to the slides and change the look of each slide.

How to save a presentation as a movie file in PowerPoint For Mac

If you have an Apple computer running a Mac version of PowerPoint, you can convert your presentation into a movie for easier and wider distribution. The process is similar to Windows system with the inevitable differences between the operating systems. In just a few simple steps, you will be able to turn your powerful presentation into a movie file. The following limitations apply:

  • The output is a .mov file compatible with only the Quicktime player or 3rd party converting programs.
  • You will lose transitions and animations within the presentation and so make sure you modify your presentation prior to converting it.
  • You will also lose narration during the conversion process, you may wish to add the narration as an audio soundtrack to the movie.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Click on File and choose Save as Movie.
Click Movie Options to add a background soundtrack
  1. Click Movie Options to add a background soundtrack (music or your narration) or credits.
Click Movie Settings to adjust the output quality
  1. Click Movie Settings to adjust the output quality and video size settings. You can also choose the slide durations, to create a looping video and slide transitions under this option.
Click OK to close the Movie Options dialogue box.
  1. Click OK to close the Movie Options dialogue box.
Click Save to start creating your video. The proce
  1. Click Save to start creating your video. The process will take a couple of seconds or longer depending on the size and quality options you select.

Once the process is complete, your movie is ready for playback or to convert into other file formats and share via Social Media or other outlets. If you’re using PowerPoint for Mac 2008 and 2011, these steps will work for either.

How to Add Timings to Each Slide in the Slideshow

Now it’s time to decide how long each slide will appear in the slideshow. To begin, select Slide Show > Rehearse Timings. The slideshow displays in full screen with a Recording toolbar and a timer.

While timing your presentation, use the Recording toolbar to advance through the presentation.

  1. Select Next (arrow pointing to the right) to go to the next slide when the desired timing has been reached.

  2. Select Pause to start and stop the timing.

  3. Select Repeat to restart recording the time for the selected slide.

  4. When you’re finished and have set the time for the last slide, close the Recording toolbar.

  5. Select Yes to keep the recorded slide timings.

How to Edit a Read-Only PowerPoint File?

After you have done removing the read-only feature from your PowerPoint, you can simply edit texts, add animations, images and use features with absolute free will. Just getting through the read-only barrier is the only thing that you need to know to get started with editing.

Interestingly, you can also get out of the read-only mode in PowerPoint by saving the file with a different name. This will not only allow you to get rid of the read-only mode but also allow you to save a copy of the edits that you may have made while the file was in the read-only mode.

Let’s learn how to save a read-only presentation file.

How to save PowerPoint 2010 as a video

If you are still using PowerPoint 2010 to create your presentations, you’ll be pleased to know you can still convert your PowerPoint to video. The process is som simple that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this all along.

Whether your presentation contains just text or is a multimedia presentation with sound narration, transitions and video, you will be able to convert it into video. Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to save PowerPoint as video in Windows Media Video (.wmv) file format. If you plan for sharing your presentation as a video before creating it, you can decide whether to record the narration before creating the presentation.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Create your PowerPoint presentation as normal and save it.
  2. If you’re using narration for your presentation, record the narration and add timings to the slideshow.
  3. Select the File menu and click on Save & Send.
Under the Save & Send menu, find and click on
  1. Under the Save & Send menu, find and click on Create a Video.
Click on the Computer & HD Displays option to
  1. Click on the Computer & HD Displays option to customise the video size and quality (small, medium and large size & quality).
Click the Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narration
  1. Click the Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations to select if you’re using timings and narrations.
Click Create Video and another dialogue box opens.
  1. Click Create Video and another dialogue box opens.
Enter appropriate filename and saving location to
  1. Enter appropriate filename and saving location to save your newly created video.

Once your presentation to video conversion is complete, the video is ready to share via Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo or email.

How to Unlock Read-Only in PowerPoint?

As annoying as it may seem, it is quite easy to unlock the read-only mode from PowerPoint!

Here’s how to exit from the “Read-Only” mode in PowerPoint –

  1. Open the “Read-Only” PowerPoint (PPT) file.
  2. At the top part just below the ribbon options, you’ll see a long yellow banner.
  3. Hover your mouse towards the banner and click on the option “Edit Anyway”.

You will now be able to edit the PowerPoint file as you usually would.

Furthermore, make sure that you haven’t opened the same file twice by chance. If so, try to close one or both the files and re-open the presentation once again.

Why Does Read-Only Keep Coming Back in PowerPoint?

One of the key reasons why your PowerPoint file may become read-only every time you open it is because the “Mark as Final” feature has been enabled in the settings. As long as this feature has been enabled, your PowerPoint file may keep reopening as a read-only file from time to time.

Let us understand how to turn off read-only mode in PowerPoint so that you don’t have to deal with this issue.

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