You can use the 'preview' function in Microsoft Windows XP to present a folder of image files (JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF) as a slideshow. You can have the 'slides' presented as a 'timed' show or move them on manually.
Using the Windows XP Preview Feature to Present a Slideshow
This built in function of Windows XP can be used to present a slideshow on a PC to a few people or, using a data projector, to a larger audience in a lecture theatre.
Timed Slideshow of Images Files
This is what you do:
- use 'My Computer' or 'Windows Explorer' to open the folder containing the photos.
- make sure that they are in the order you would like to see them - you can order them alphabetically by name, by size or by date.
- right click on the first image that you wish to show.
- click on the 'Preview' option - see image in the 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer'.
- click on the fifth button from left (just before the first magnify button) - see image fill the screen.
After three seconds the next picture will appear. If you want a slide show - sit back and watch the show. But if you would prefer to control the show, do the following:
Manual Slideshow of Image Files
Proceed as above, then do the following:
- move the mouse - see controls appear at the top right of the screen.
- click on the 'Pause' button (the first blue button) - the image will now stay on the screen until you click on the 'Next Picture' button.
- click on the 'Next Picture' button (the blue button next to the red button) - see the next picture, which will stay there as long as you like.
- click on the 'Next Picture' or 'Previous Picture' buttons until your slideshow is finished.
If you want to restart the automatic slideshow - click on the green 'Start Slideshow' button.
- click on the red 'Close Window' button - see the 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer' screen.
- click on the red cross 'Close' button to close down the 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer'