run a powerpoint on a scheduled timer?

Posted on 2013-06-20
Last Modified: 2013-06-28
I have a win xp laptop connected to a presentation board which runs a powerpoint file on a loop during the business day.  Currently we have someone power up the laptop and start the powerpoint presentation at 8am, and then someone else shut the laptop down at 5pm.

I would like to automate this so the presentation would just start and stop on it's own at 8am-5pm Mon-Fri.  Is there a creative way to do this using task manager or something?  The laptop does not necessarily have to be shut down... I would just want the presentation to stop running.  

Any ideas appreciated.  Thanks
Question by:snyperj
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ID: 39264258
Create a self-running presentation

By using a self-running presentation created in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can communicate your information without a presenter. For example, you can set up a presentation to run unattended in a booth or kiosk at a trade show or convention, or you can send a CD with a self-running presentation to a client.

You can make most controls unavailable, so that your audience cannot make changes to your self-running presentation. Self-running presentations restart after they are finished and when they have been idle on a manually advanced slide for longer than five minutes.

This article covers considerations and suggestions for creating and producing a self-running presentation. Other articles cover many of the ways to distribute a self-running presentation, including package a presentation for CD or turn your presentation into a video.

In this article
Set up a self-running presentation
Rehearse and record slide timings
Add narration
Set up a self-running presentation
To set up a PowerPoint presentation to run automatically, do the following:

On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.
In the Set Up Show box, under Show type, do one of the following:
For a presentation to be viewed by users click Browsed at a kiosk (full screen).
 IMPORTANT    If you set up a presentation to run at a kiosk, remember to also set slide timing options, or use navigation hyperlinks to other documents or Internet sites, or action buttons such as graphics users can click to go forward or back in the presentation. Otherwise, your self-running presentation will not advance beyond the first slide.

Rehearse and record slide timings
 NOTE    Be prepared to begin timing your presentation immediately after you perform the first step in this procedure.

On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Rehearse Timings.
The Rehearsal toolbar appears and the Slide Time box begins timing the presentation.

The Rehearsal toolbar
 Next (advance to next slide)


 Slide Time


 Total presentation time

While timing your presentation, do one or more of the following on the Rehearsal toolbar:
To move to the next slide, click Next.
To temporarily stop recording the time, click Pause.
To restart recording the time after pausing, click Pause.
To set an length of time for a slide to appear, type the length of time in the Slide Time box.
To restart recording the time for the current slide, click Repeat.
After you set the time for the last slide, a message box displays the total time for the presentation and prompts you to do one of the following:
To keep the recorded slide timings, click Yes.
To discard the recorded slide timings, click No.
Slide Sorter view appears and displays the time of each slide in your presentation.

Author Comment

ID: 39264270
Thanks, but I already have the presentation...

I am just looking to avoid a human having to turn the laptop on at the beginning of the day and off again at the end of the day.

Accepted Solution

brandonh0711 earned 500 total points
ID: 39264317
Boot your computer into the BIOS and navigate to power options. There should be a function for booting your computer automatically.  Use this to configure what you need.

To shut the computer down use the task scheduler.  In the right pane, click "Create Task" give the task a name and check the box that says "Run with highest privileges"
 and the box that says "Run whether user is logged on or not". Go to the settings tab and check "Stop task if it runs longer than" and set it to an hour.  Go to the actions tab, click
new and choose "Start a program" and set the program to shutdown w/ the argument to -s. Finally go to Triggers tab and click new. Change it to go on the schedule you want.
After this just hit OK twice and it should be saved in the Task Scheduler.

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