How To Stop Powerpoint From Changing Slides

Have you ever been in the middle of a captivating presentation, and suddenly the slide changes all on its own? Not only is this frustrating, but it also disrupts the flow of your presentation. This is often due to a feature in PowerPoint presentations called automatic slide advancement. This feature is handy when you want to have a slide show running in the background without any interaction, but it can become a hindrance when you’re trying to control the pace of your presentation personally.

If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t fret. We have the perfect solution for you. This blog post will guide you on how to stop PowerPoint from changing slides automatically. Let’s dive right in!

Disable Automatic Slide Advancement in PowerPoint

Follow these simple steps to disable the automatic slide advancement feature:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and click on the slide that you want to apply the change to.
  2. Click on the Transitions tab in the PowerPoint toolbar.
  3. On the far right of the toolbar, you will see the Advance Slide section. Here, you will find a box next to “After” that is likely checked. This checkbox is the culprit causing the automatic slide advancement.
  4. Uncheck the box next to ‘After’.
  5. Repeat this process for all other slides in your presentation where you want to disable automatic advancement.
  6. Finally, don’t forget to save your presentation to ensure your changes are stored.

Using VBA to Disable Automatic Slide Advancement

If you have a large presentation and it would be time-consuming to manually adjust the settings for each slide, you can use VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) to stop PowerPoint from changing slides:

Sub StopAutoAdvance()
    Dim s As Slide
    For Each s In ActivePresentation.Slides
        s.SlideShowTransition.AdvanceOnTime = msoFalse
    Next s
End Sub

This script will loop through every slide in your presentation and disable the Advance On Time option.

Final Thoughts

While the automatic slide advancement feature in PowerPoint can be useful in certain scenarios, it can be a real pain when you’re trying to give a controlled, timed presentation. Luckily, disabling this feature is a straightforward process. Whether you choose to manually adjust the settings for each slide or use VBA to automate the process, you now know how to stop PowerPoint from advancing slides automatically.

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