Saturday, April 23, 2011

PowerPoint Tip: Stop the Black Screen at the End

Typically when we watch any slide show made with PowerPoint, it ends with a “black screen that shows a message at the top: “End of slide show-click to exit”.

If you don’t want to see this screen, just stop it from happening by changing a setting. Note thought, that this setting only applies to the PowerPoint software running on your computer. It is not a setting that is saved with the slide show presentation file itself.

So if you create a slide show presentation and take it to another computer, you’ll want to change this setting again on that computer.

If you have PowerPoint 2000-2003:

  • Choose Tools |Options.
  • Choose the View tab.
  • Uncheck the box for the option End with black slide.

If you have PowerPoint 2007 or 2010:

  • Click on the Office button in 2007 and File button in 2010.
  • Choose the PowerPoint Options button (at the bottom of the window).
  • Choose Advanced from the left side of the next panel.
  • On the right side find the Slide Show section.
  • Uncheck the box for the option End with black slide.

So remember, if you make this change it's on your computer only - if you take the slide show to another computer, you would have to change the setting on that computer also..

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