How To Set PowerPoint Slideshow Presentations to Loop Continuously

PowerPoint presentations are a great way to convey information visually to an audience. Whether you are giving a sales pitch, teaching a class, or making an announcement, PowerPoint allows you to showcase your ideas dynamically.

One useful feature in PowerPoint is the ability to set your slideshow to loop continuously. This means that once the last slide is reached, the presentation will automatically start again from the beginning and repeat in a continuous loop.

Setting up a looping presentation can be useful in several situations:

When to Use a Looping Presentation

Trade shows and conferences

If you are presenting at a trade show booth or conference, a looping slideshow allows interested attendees to watch your presentation from start to finish on their own time. The slideshow will repeat continuously without you having to restart it manually.

Digital signage

A looping PowerPoint works great for digital signs in lobbies, waiting rooms, etc. Set it up and visitors can watch the slideshow loop while they wait, getting your messaging repeatedly.


Create an interactive, multimedia kiosk by setting up a continuous PowerPoint loop. Kiosks at events, in stores, or museums can display your slides unattended.


Teachers can use a looping presentation to display slides, instructions, or learning prompts for students to reference as needed during an activity. The slides will replay without the teacher having to control it.

How to Loop a PowerPoint Presentation

Looping a PowerPoint presentation is simple and only takes a few clicks:

1. Open PowerPoint and create your presentation

Build your PowerPoint presentation with all the slides you want to include in the loop. Organize the slides in the necessary order.

2. Select “Set Up Slide Show”

Go to the “Slide Show” tab and click on “Set Up Slide Show” in the “Set Up” group.

3. Check the “Loop continuously” box

In the “Set Up Show” dialog box, under “Show Options” check the box next to “Loop continuously until ‘Esc'”. Then click OK.

Loop continuously checkbox in PowerPoint

4. Set slide timing (optional)

You can make each slide stay on screen for a specified amount of time before advancing automatically. Go to Transitions > Timing and set the timing per slide.

5. Present the slideshow

Go to the “Slide Show” tab and click “From Beginning” or hit F5 to present the slideshow. The presentation will now loop continuously until you press the Esc key.

Tips for Effective Looping Presentations

Here are some additional tips when setting up a looping PowerPoint:

  • Test thoroughly. Preview your looping presentation to ensure correct slide order, timing, transitions, etc. Fix any issues before presenting to an audience.
  • Keep it short. Don’t create a presentation that loops for too long. For digital signage, keep it under 2-3 minutes. For trade shows, 5-10 slides is reasonable. You don’t want the audience to see the exact same slides repeating too frequently.
  • Add variety. Include different slide layouts, embed videos, add animations and builds to introduce more visual interest. This will make the presentation more dynamic when looping.
  • Check audio levels. If your presentation has audio, ensure the volume level is appropriate for the room size. Set the correct output audio device.

By leveraging PowerPoint’s looping functionality, you can create and display dynamic presentations that will run automatically and continuously without any manual interaction. This frees you up to focus on interacting with your audience during trade shows, events, and more.