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How to run PowerPoint in a resizable window, not full screen?

As I was recording a screen cast today, I needed to run a PowerPoint presentation but not in full screen mode. By default the presentation mode, which allows the animations to run, launches the viewer in full screen mode. To be able to run the presentation in a resizable window you need to change the slide show settings.

From the ribbon (or menu bar in earlier versions) click “Slide Show” and select “Set Up Slide Show”. In the Set Up Show window select “Browsed by an individual (window)” and select OK to close the dialog.

Now when you go Slide Show (or Presentation) view, your slide show will launch in a resizable window, not full screen.

Categories: Windows tips.

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  1. Thanks for your tip.

    I’ll take this a step further. I want to record the presentation in a “window-view” too but I don’t even want the Powerpoint title bar to show up. I see how you can remove the slide bar but you can’t remove the titlebar.

    I want a clean 1024×768 of this window so I can record it.

    • Jose, too bad there is no universal way to just hide title bars in Windows. The easiest workaround that I can think of for your case is to make the entire window bigger and just record 1024×768 out of it to only cover the area you want to record.

  2. Thank you so much! I want to capture a Jing movie of my PowerPoint presentation and it will not let me do that in full screen. This helps a lot!!

  3. Very useful, thanks!

  4. Thanks for the tip! I have a ‘timer’ animation in my slideshow, but I needed to flick away from the presentation and be able to return later with the timer still going… and I kept resetting the timer. This fixes that. Now I can step away from the presentation, but keep the timer going so it’s there when we get back to the ppt.

  5. Very helpful. Keep it up…

  6. Thanks for the tip, just the help I was looking for and so fast.

  7. Thanks for this! Just doing a presentation where I need to switch back and forth between my slideshow and some screensharing and have never known how to keep the show from taking the whole screen.

    You’re awesome!

  8. Awesome tip. Wish I’d known about this earlier. Extremely valuable.

    Pino EspositoMarch 18, 2013 @ 8:34 pmReply

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