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Making a Kiosk Powerpoint Presentation

When there is a lot of information that needs to be conveyed clearly, tools like Powerpoint and a television can be incredibly helpful. This post will show you how to turn your powerpoint into a kiosk presentation without significant effort or expensive third party softwares. Please note, these instructions are for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Macintosh on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. These steps are also assuming your presentation is already completed and you are ready to present the final product.  Finally, you must also have administrator access to the computer.

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click on the “Slide Show” tab.
  3. Click on the “Record Slide Show” button.
  4. Using the arrow to change the slides, start the slide show, changing slides at the desired timing. You will notice that there are two timers on the recorder. The left timer is for the slide and the right is for the overall slide show.
  5. When you reach the end of your desired time on the last slide, hit the pause button on the timer.
  6. Click the “Close Show” button.
  7. If the timing is correct, click the “Yes” button.
  8. Click the “Set Up Show” button in the toolbar.
  9. Make sure Show type is set to “Browsed at Kiosk” and the “Loop continuously until ‘Esc'” box is checked under the Show Options.
  10. Select “Save As…” from the File menu.
  11. Use the drop down menu to save your presentation as a “Powerpoint Show (.ppsx)” and save it to the local drive.
  12. Open the System Preferences.
  13. Open the Users and Groups menu.
  14. Make sure the Lock in the bottom left corner is unlocked and that the desired user account is selected.
  15. Select the “Login Items” tab.
  16. Click the “+” button below the open field to add files.
  17. Add the .ppsx file to the login items.
  18. Select the “Login Options” tab below the list of users.
  19. Set the “Automatic login:” to desired user. NOTE: If the user account has a password, you will be prompted to enter it.
  20. Go back the the System Preferences page.
  21. Open the “Display & Screen Saver” menu.
  22. Select the “Screen Saver” tab.
  23. Set “Start After:” time to “Never.”
  24. Go back to the main System Preferences page.
  25. Open “Energy Saver” menu.
  26. Set sliders to “Never” (a dialogue box may pop up to tell you this will take up more power. Just hit “Okay”) and check the “Start up automatically after a power failure” box.
  27. Optionally, you can set your computer to turn off and on by clicking the “schedule” button (Please note the update below).
  28. Close the window.

Your computer is now setup to act as a presentation kiosk and your Powerpoint slide show should start up after restarting your computer.


  1. Disable “Energy Saver” Shutdown
  2. Open Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
  3. Input crontab -e
  4. You’ll need to enter the login password of the account and then press enter.
  5. You’ll now be in a text editor (vim). Carefully input the following keystrokes.
  6. Press i once (this will allow you to enter text)
  7. * * * * * open “/Users/office/Desktop/presentation.ppsx”;
  8. @reboot open “/Users/office/Desktop/presentation.ppsx”;
  9. 15 16 * * * /sbin/shutdown -h now
  10. Then press shift+z shift+z (that’s uppercase “z” twice, to writes the changes and quit the editor)
  11. You should now be dropped back to the command line where you started.
  12. You’re done!

Instructions created by Donald Dixon, Student ITC

Edited by Stephen “Louie” Hogan, Student ITC