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How to Run Powerpoint in Kiosk Mode

Updated February 21, 2017

Running Microsoft PowerPoint in kiosk mode allows you to control how users navigate through your presentation. Only the "Esc" key will have any effect on a presentation running in kiosk mode; any other interaction, such as mouse clicks or pressing the "Space" key to advance to the next slide, will be disabled. This can be very useful to set up presentations as learning tools or for display at trade shows.

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  1. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation you wish to run in kiosk mode.

  2. Click the "Slide Show" menu and select "Set up Show."

  3. Select the "Browsed at a kiosk (full screen)" option found under "Show type." Click "OK."

  4. Tip

    Remember to add automatic timing or action buttons to any presentation you set to run in kiosk mode. Otherwise, the presentation will only ever display the first slide. To change the presentation back to the normal display mode, select either "Presented by a speaker (full screen)" or "Browsed by an individual (window)" in the "Set up Show" options, depending on your preference.

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About the Author

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.

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