Reset kiosk mode on inactivity

In the earlier PowerPoint versions, when you set your presentation to run in kiosk mode (Slide show > Set up Show > Kiosk mode), your slide show will automatically reset and goes back to the first slide after a period of inactivity (approx. 5 mins). This feature however, vanishes in the later versions. If you need a kiosk mode reset, you will have to do it manually. But how?

Since you have set your presentation to run as a kiosk mode, ensure that you have already created navigation buttons in the slide master to advance back and forth the slides. Now, go to View > Master > Slide Master. We can put invisible linking technique into good use.

  1. First, draw a rectangle that covers the entire slide master.
  2. Double click on the rectangle, set fill color to 99%. Line color to no line.
  3. Click Ok.
  4. Right click on the invisible autoshape, select Action Settings.
  5. Select Mouse Over tab, set it Hyperlink to the Slide 1.
  6. To make the mouse over work, Click Add Effect > Entrance > Appear.
  7. Set the Start from “On Click” to “After Previous”.
  8. Double click on the added effect.
  9. Select Timing tab, set the delay to lets say 60 seconds (equiv to 1 min) or a time of your preference.
  10. Click Ok.
  11. Close Master view once you are done. Now, the invisible linking (kiosk reset) will apply to the entire presentation.

Insert hyperlink in Notes page

A user posted an interesting question on the Microsoft Office Online Discussion Group, asking whether it’s possible to insert hyperlinks in Notes page.  

There’s no function for you to do that in PowerPoint.
Now, here’s a tricky workaround create hyperlink to play with.
To create the hyperlink, first go into normal view and type your link or
email on a textbox. Once you get the hyperlink, highlight the link and click Edit > Copy.
You can either go into View > Notes page, or click on the “Click to add
notes”.
Then, click Edit > Paste Special > HTML Format or Formatted Text (formatted
text only works in View > Notes page) and viola, you can now have hyperlinks in the notes page!