Looping a slide with multiple animations

Scenario: You want to loop a particular slide that contains multiple animations, then continue with rest of the slides. The problem is, the current feature only allows you to loop the entire slide show.

Solution: One way is to use Custom Show.

First, click Slide Show > Set Up Show.
Put a checkmark to Loop continuously until ‘Esc’.
Click Ok.
Now, Click Slide Show > Custom Shows.
Click New.
Select the slide you are looping, click Add.
Click Ok and Close.
Click on the slide you are looping.
Click Slide Show > Slide Transition.
Under Advance slide, put a checkmark to Automatically After. This will allow the slide to loop automatically.
Do NOT Apply to all slides.
Right click on the thumbnail of the current slide, select Hide Slide.
Now, you will need to insert a new slide just before the slide you are looping.
On the new slide, insert an action button.
Set the hyperlink to the custom show you have created.
Put a checkmark on “Show and Return”.
Ok your way out.

Now, view the slide show.
If you click on the action button, you will go into the custom show, which will loop until you press the esc key to continue with the rest of the slides.

66 thoughts on “Looping a slide with multiple animations

  1. I would also like to thank you. I now realise I’ve seen this implemented in another set of PPT presentations. Very useful. Thank you.

  2. I believe that I followed all of the directions, and yet the “custom show” slide only presents a single time. There is not a loop?

  3. When I hit I return to the action button slide, where I can restart a single view of the loop slide if I select the action button. I am guessing that the “show and return” function isn’t quite correct.

  4. RT:

    There’s no problem with the tutorial. Under Slide Show > Set up Show, if you have checked “Loop continuously until Esc”, the custom show will loop.

    There’s nothing wrong with the “show and return” function. It means displaying the custom show, and after that, returning to the place where you hyperlinked to the custom show.

    You will then return to the action button slide, where you can continue with the slide show by pressing enter key, or through action button.

  5. Thanks, that was a fantastic tip. However it worked better for me after I placed action button into my slide (instead of new slide in front of it); this way when I hit escape, it took me right to the next slide.
    Thanks again.

  6. we are using a clicker device for our showroom so there is no esc button is there another way i can set it up to click to advance to next slide?`

  7. You can create hyperlinks in the custom show to take you out to another slide. But only one slide as the custom show is still running and ppt will revert to the custom show after you finish that slide.

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  11. To be less obtrusive I used an existing element of the slide (before the looping slide) to apply the hyperlink to the custom show. I also used mouse-over so that I don’t have to click but just move the cursor over the element.

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  13. It doesn’t work for me 🙁
    There is no menu:
    Slide Show > Slide Transition
    in PowerPoint 2010
    In Transitions menu, there is an Advance Slide area, but without any “Automatically After” checkmark.
    Any idea how to make it work in PowerPoint 2010?

  14. Thanks so much! You saved me a lot of time. I had to be ready for the dress rehearsal of a presentation, and had found tutorials that required setting up separate shows and linking them together. I did not have that kind of time, and was able to utilize your instructions within a matter of minutes!

  15. This worked great (in 2010), but I really wish there were a less complicated way to do it. Having to mouse over or click to start the animation, and then having to ESC out of it to continue the presentation are pretty annoying… Props to you, not to MS.

  16. Thanks so much for this. I’ve created an amazing (even if I do say so myself) holding screen for our event next week! And impressed my manager in the process!

  17. Very nice to find this after messing with it other ways, for hours over the last 2 weeks.

    Everything worked for me as scripted except I had to put the action link into slide #2 (i wanted to loop slide 1) to get it to work the way I needed. in other words, no need to insert a new Slide #1.

  18. Just did this in 2010 and it worked perfectly! Thank you so much for clear, concise, and wonderful directions!!!

  19. Really nice, ty.
    I also found that inserting an action button in the looping slide and linking it to the following slide prevents you from exiting the show.
    Hope being helpful

  20. Are you able to add a transition? so when you press esc it doesnt just cut straight to the slide but fade in for example. cheers

  21. Is there a way of putting in a transition from the custom slide show back to the origional? ie. when you press Esc can you put a fade in rather than a jump cut?

    Many thanks

  22. I’m trying to do this on PPT 2011 for Mac, and having a problem with the slideshow ending when I hit Esc. Any suggestions?

  23. Thank you so much for this advice! It helped my slideshow a lot! I just wanted to loop one slide but couldn’t figure out how. This helped me out so much.

  24. Is there a way to loop the animation on a timed slide? So that the animation loops for the entire two minutes that the slide is scheduled (timed) for?

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