Thursday, February 20, 2014

Did You Know? AutoPlay Google Presentations

Did you know that there is a way to automatically advance your Google Presentation to the next slide?  All you have to do is publish your presentation to get these additional options.

How it Works

When you are editing your Google Presentation, simply click "File", then select, "Publish to the web".

Then simply go down to the option that reads, "Automatically advance presentation to the next slide" and select preferred amount of time between slides.

In addition, you can even get your presentation's "Document link", "Embed code" and you can even change the "Presentation size".  Finally, you can also choose to "start your slideshow as soon as the presentation loads", and to "restart after the last slide".  These settings are particularly helpful if you plan on embedding your presentation into a website, or if you plan to share the presentation with others. 

Here's an Example

If you notice, there is now a little "Play" button in between the arrows to advance my slides at the bottom of my Google Presentation.  I purposefully set the slideshow to advance every 3 seconds while it plays.  Click on the "Play" button and try it out for yourself.

Another great use for this feature is if you are interested in doing a live Pecha Kucha style presentation. If you set your slideshow to advance to the next slide every 20 seconds, then it will force you to create a Pecha Kucha style presentation.  Therefore, keeping it short, sweet, and to the point!

Now that you know
  1. The next time you create a Google Presentation, consider publishing it to the web so that you can embed your slideshow, and customize its playing settings.
  2. What might be some other advantages to setting your Google Presentation to "Autoplay"?

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  1. Have you figured out how to advance slides every 20 seconds without embedding the presentation, since that is not one of the options when publishing?

    1. Hi Angie! You can try to edit the embed code. For example, where you see "30000" for 30 seconds, change it to "20000" to make it 20 seconds. Here is an example:

      src="" frameborder="0" width="960" height="569" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true">

  2. Need to know how to customize it to 20 seconds as well^

  3. I ended up setting each slide for 10 seconds, but making a duplicate of each slide, so it would play for 20 seconds.

  4. I want my slide show to auto present every 5 seconds and also have youtube videos autoplay during auto presentation, but it keeps transitioning to the next slide before the youtube video is done. Is there a way for it to wait for the video to end before transitioning again?

    1. Hi Josh, that is a great question that I honestly do not know the answer to. I have done some research and have not found a solution to your request. I'm not sure if this is a feature that Slides offers yet.