How to make a simple photo slideshow on Mac or PC

Want to make a slideshow for a party or perhaps to show off your latest travel photos?

Smiling couple look at their photo slideshow on a laptop

Want to set up a slideshow for a birthday or anniversary, or perhaps to show off your latest travel photos? Find out how you can make a simple slideshow on your Mac or PC.

Windows 7
Before you get started on your slideshow, you will need to place all the pictures you would like to have in your slideshow into a single folder.

Once you have done this, click the Start button and then click Pictures (located on the right hand side, underneath your username). Now navigate to the folder you created earlier, or any folder that contains pictures, then click the Slideshow button located at the top of the window.

A slideshow will now start running in fullscreen, if you wish to exit the slideshow you can press the ESC key on your keyboard or you can right-click on the slideshow and then click exit.  

The slideshow will run in the order in which the photos were arranged, so if you wish to have them in a specific order, you may have to rename them. If you want to adjust slideshow settings, including speed, looping and randomising, right-click on the slideshow while it is running.

Windows 8 and 10
Once again, before you get started on your slideshow, you will need to place all the pictures you want to have in your slideshow into a single folder.

Once you have done this, open this folder and then open up the first picture in the folder. Now that the picture is open, click the round button located underneath the picture in the centre of the screen. A slideshow will now start running in full-screen, if you wish to exit the slideshow you can press the ESC key on your keyboard or you can right-click on the slideshow and then click exit. 

The slideshow will run in the order in which the photos were arranged, so if you wish to have them in a specific order, you may have to rename them. If you want to adjust slideshow settings, simply right-click on the slideshow while it is running. From here you can adjust the slideshow speed, whether or not it will loop, or set the picture order to random.

Mac
Open up the Photos app (formerly known as iPhoto). If you can’t find the app, hold down the Command key on your keyboard and press the spacebar to open up Spotlight Search, then search for the app.

Once the app is open, select the photos you would like to have in your slideshow and click the Add (+) button located on the right hand side of the window, then click Slideshow and type in a name for your slideshow.

If you wish to add more photos to a slideshow, repeat the procedure above, but, this time select the existing slideshow.

You can only add photos from one date at a time, so make sure that you click the Add button each time you select photos from a different date.

If there aren’t any pictures in the Photos app, you can add some by clicking File > Import.

Once you have made a slideshow, you can access it by clicking on Projects, located in a tab at the top of the window or in the sidebar on the left-hand side.

You can customise the order of your photos by clicking and dragging them around at the bottom of the window. You can adjust your theme, music or timing on the right-hand side of the window by clicking the corresponding icons.

To view your slideshow, click the play button located underneath the image. 

Now you can sit back and enjoy the show.

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    particolor
    5th Apr 2016
    10:25am
    I made a Slideshow of Shorten doing the Macarena in the Islands ! Gets lots of Laughs ! :-) :-)
    Alan
    5th Apr 2016
    5:10pm
    Win 8 & 10 .... you say to open up the first picture in the folder and press the round button underneath the pic.
    What program do you use to open the pic as I'm sure everyone has their own favourite program that they use to view their pics.
    I've tried a couple of progs and I'm not seeing a round button.
    Also, can you save the slideshow once you have it running?
    FrankC
    5th Apr 2016
    9:26pm
    If you use Windows Movie Maker, you can Add a Title to your Movie/slide show, also you can pan your picture, zoom into it while panning, left or right, (there are heaps of options here, you'll be amazed once you start this) and even add captions to the picture, as well as adding music from your library You can set how long you want the picture to remain on the screen as well, and also choose different effects moving from one picture to the next, fading or fancy wipes. Check it out, it is a load of fun doing that, and you can store it when you have finished onto a Disc, or message stick, or if you card is big enough onto a SD card. There are so many options you can use, you will be hard pressed to choose one . It will look very professional. I think you can find out how to put it all together on Google under Windows movie maker. Oh, this is with Windows 7, premium edition., but I should think it is with all windows.
    particolor
    5th Apr 2016
    9:52pm
    That's the Computer I'm using at the moment And Windows 7 is their best yet IMO ! :-)


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