How to Schedule a PowerPoint Presentation to Automatically Start

This recipe walks through scheduling a PowerPoint presentation to begin playing without needing human interaction. The presentation will automatically launch and begin when you need it to.

Previously we discussed how to start a PowerPoint presentation using Power Manager and an AppleScript. Since then, Power Manager has gained new presentation Schedule Assistant tasks. The task we want today is called, Play a PowerPoint presentation daily, and this task makes setting up your PowerPoint presentation even easier.

Create an Automatically Playing Presentation Event

Let's create an event to play a presentation at 9:00am each weekday.

  1. Launch Power Manager.app
  2. Click Add… to create a new event
    Click add to starting create a new event

    Click add to starting create a new event

  3. Select the Play a PowerPoint presentation daily task in the Schedule Assistant
    Select the Play a PowerPoint presentation daily task

    Select the Play a PowerPoint presentation daily task

  4. Choose or drag and drop your presentation onto Drop a presentation here
    Choose your PowerPoint presentation

    Choose your PowerPoint presentation

  5. Continue to the When step
  6. Adjust the time and days of the week
    Adjust the days of the week and time to start

    Adjust the days of the week and time to start

  7. Continue to the Constraints step; we will skip the constraints for this recipe
    Continue passed the Constraints for this recipe

    Continue passed the Constraints for this recipe

  8. Continue to the Why step
  9. Name your new event and provide any notes
    Name and provide a description of your new event

    Name and provide a description of your new event

  10. Add to create your new presentation playing event
    Confirm the event can be created and immediately scheduled

    Confirm the event can be created and immediately scheduled

    Your PowerPoint presentation event is ready to go

    Your PowerPoint presentation event is ready to go

You can combine this event with others to create your ideal schedule. Consider using Power Manager to power on your Mac shortly before the presentation is scheduled to start. With Power Manager you can create a series of events that powers on a Mac, starts a presentation, waits for the day to pass, and then shut downs – all without needing anyone to look after the computer. Perfect for Macs in window displays or trade show installations.

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