PowerPoint shows a complete black slide with at the top the text End of slide show, click to Exit in white. When a normal sales or product presentation is showing this message, this means that the presentation is over, and that you can get a coffee.
But not for digital signage purposes, or at places where you use Microsoft PowerPoint to show continuous information to its viewers. In some cases you use a dedicated computer monitor or television screen to show advertising, announcements, KPI’s, new colleagues at the company, safety instructions and more.
For those cases, your slide show should be repeated over and over, and never have to stop. Now, when you have a new computer and you installed Microsoft PowerPoint for the first time, then you might run into the problem that your digital notice board is aborted after the first run. This is because by default, Microsoft PowerPoint displays this message after the last slide of your presentation.
Click OK to close this form and start the slide show to run continuously. Note this option is a setting of PowerPoint, not of the current presentation. So from now on, for the computer and for this user that is logged on, the user will not see that end with black slide for all presentations.
Bug in Free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer
The text above is all about the full Microsoft PowerPoint product. But the free Microsoft PowerPoint viewer has a similar problem, resulting in that same black slide. Even when you set your slide show setting to run continuously. This is a bug in the current Microsoft PowerPoint viewer. To fix this problem, you need to apply this service pack.
Loop Continuously Slide Show
A final setting for your presentations to run continuously or repeating over and over, is in the slide show menu. Click Slide Show in your PowerPoint menu, and then click Set Up Slide Show.
At the next form, you set the Show Type to Browsed at a Kiosk (full screen) and click OK.
When you now start your slide show on your information screen, it will run continuously, without stopping the presentation.