End Your PowerPoint Slide Show Without A Black Screen

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I'm sure that you have probably noticed at the end of your presentation that PowerPoint displays a black screen with the words "End of slide show, click to exit" at the top. Not everyone is enamored of the black screen.

Follow the steps below to rid yourself of the black screen at the end of your presentation:

PowerPoint 2002 and 2003:

  1. Choose Tools | Options.
     
  2. Choose the View tab.
     
  3. Uncheck the box for the option End with black slide.

PowerPoint 2007:

  1. Click on the Office button.
     
  2. Choose the PowerPoint Options button (at the bottom of the window).
     
  3. Choose Advanced from the left side of the next panel.
     
  4. On the right side find the Slide Show section.
     
  5. Uncheck the box for the option End with black slide.

This setting is only applicable to the PowerPoint application running on your system. It is not a setting that is saved with the presentation file itself.

So if you create a presentation and take it to a remote location and use a different computer, you'll want to check the option on that computer.

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