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Slides don't show in Slide Show View

Problem

You know you created a slide -- you can see it in the thumbnails in the navigation and slide panes -- but in slide show view, it disappears.

Possible causes and solutions

There are several reasons why this might happen. Courtesy of PowerPoint MVP Sandy Johnson, here they are:

The slide is hidden.

In the animation pane or slide sorter view each slide thumbnail is numbered. If the number is covered with a gray box, then it is
hidden. To fix (in all versions of PowerPoint)

Set up Show Settings are causing the problem.

Go to Slide Show | Set up Slide Show.
In the Show Slides section, choose All. The other options will cause PowerPoint to display just a range of slides or a custom show.

Slide(s) set at zero second auto transition

If the slide is set to advance automatically after a very short time, PowerPoint won't have enough time to display it at all.

Invisible Monitor Problem.

The slide show might be set up to display on a second monitor. If you don't have a second monitor attached to your computer, the slide show will be very difficult to see.

Go to Slide Show | Set Up Show and choose Show on | Primary Monitor.

For more details on the Invisible Monitor Problem, see:


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Last update 07 June, 2011
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