Slide Show For XP

Microsoft Windows XP has a built-in slide show that you should be able to turn on with just a few clicks. To get started, open whatever folder has the pictures you want to display, close any Windows Explorer bar (such as the Folders pane) that may be open over the task pane, and then, in the task pane under Picture Tasks, just click "View as a slide show." That's pretty much all there is to it.

If you can't find the "View as slide show" tool, here's a possible fix. Go to the Control Panel, double-click the Folder Options dialog box, then click the General tab. Now, change XP's default to "Show common tasks in folders." Click OK and try it again. To revert to your original folder settings, just reverse the process.

Once you get the slide show going, the images will advance automatically every 5 seconds. You can back up or advance slides using the left or right arrow key on your keyboard, but Windows will continue its 5-second updates unless you pause the slide show. Although you can move your mouse pointer to the upper right corner of the screen to make the slide show toolbar, which has a Pause button, appear, it's far easier to just tap the space bar to both pause and play the slide show. When paused, you can use the left and right arrow keys (or the up and down arrow keys, or even Page Up and Page Down) to go through the slides at your own pace--which is great if you're trying to narrate your slide show. Use Ctrl-K or Ctrl-L to rotate the current image 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise, if necessary. And while you can also use the slide show toolbar to end the slide show, using the Esc key is faster.

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