Making your first PowerPoint presentation can be really easy or really difficult. You may have had to watch a video or two on how to make PowerPoint presentations. You may have had to put spend a few hours making the presentation look the way you need it to be.

Now, you’re ready to start viewing the presentation as a Slide Show.

But wait! How do you start a Slide Show? Is there a button you need to click? Maybe there’s a keyboard combination to starts the presentation (F5). Lets learn about the different ways that you can start a Slide Show on different versions of PowerPoint. Lets Go!

Press The F5 Key To Start a Slide Show

Simply pressing the F5 key on the keyboard should start the slide show in PowerPoint

Slide Show -- F5 - Keyboard - FreePowerPointTemplates

Click The Tiny Button To Start A Slide Show in PowerPoint 2013

There is a button that you can click to start a slide show in PowerPoint. It is usually in the same place in many versions of PowerPoint. And, it is pretty easy to find if you’ve used any version of PowerPoint before.

Click the button as shown in the images below depending on which version of PowerPoint you’re using. This one is PowerPoint 2016:

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint 2016 - FreePowerPointTemplates

In PowerPoint 2013

As you can see, it is in the same place again.

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint 2013 - FreePowerPointTemplates

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In PowerPoint 2010

Same as before

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint 2010 - FreePowerPointTemplates

In PowerPoint 2007

Exactly the same position as before.

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint 2007 - FreePowerPointTemplates

In PowerPoint 2003

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint 2003 - FreePowerPointTemplates

In PowerPoint XP

Slide Show -- Button - PowerPoint XP - FreePowerPointTemplates

The button is in a slightly different place in PowerPoint XP and PowerPoint 2003.

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