Need a Trade Show Loop? Here's How!
By Moore Anderson
Start by creating your presentation
as needed for the trade show. Then, to loop the show repeatedly
perform the following three steps:
- First use the "Rehearse Timings" function under "Slide
Show" on the menu bar. If you don't see this function listed,
use the down arrow at the bottom of the list to reveal the other
options. The "Rehearse Timings" function allows you to
change the frame as you read it (aloud, I recommend). At the end of
your presentation hit the stop record control or escape key. You
will then get a message dialog box that asks if you want to use
these timing when you next play your presentation. Click Yes.
- The next step is to go to the Slide Show menu and choose "Set Up
Show". In that dialog box you will see the "Loop until
escape" option. Check that.
- Save your file. Now, when you go into the show mode, your file should
loop infinitely and pause according to your rehearsal cues. If you
need to change a frame's timing to longer or shorter, go to
the Slide Sorter View and click the frame you wish to change. Then
go to Slide Show menu and transitions. In the dialog box you’ll
see a field to change the time.
Wondering how to get the most out of your presentation at the trade show?
Follow these tips when creating your presentation and you will get
- It's always good to minimize copy. The fewer words the better at a trade
show. High impact, eye-catching graphics work the best.
- Use large type sizes - viewers will see it from a distance. 48
pts. or bigger is an adequate size. 72 pts. is better.
are far more effective than words in a trade show environment.
Remember, you want to catch attendees' attention and keep
them around while you deliver your message
- Don't use sound. It quickly becomes annoying
interesting transitions between frames. (Slide show view; Select
All, then choose the most appropriate transitions for the
not to leave any frame up longer than 10 seconds; 5 seconds
the show by referring the viewer to the person in the booth for
business cards and literature near the display
2002 has interesting animation effects and transitions that can add
Anderson is a professional PowerPoint designer and graphic artist. He
also runs PowerPoint graphics for large corporate clients on-site at
meetings and events around the country. He has won national awards
for his work in video and interactive applications. He now runs his
own business as a graphic designer and PowerPoint guru. Check out
http://www.mooreanderson.com or call 847-419-1400 for "Moore"