How to Make a Slideshow in Microsoft Photos

Don’t be scared! You can transform your photo collection into an awesome presentation with just a few easy steps.

Open Microsoft Photos and pick “Create” on the top of the screen. You can choose a theme to fit your photos, no matter if it’s for travel or a specific event.

Upload your images from different folders or straight from your device. Microsoft Photos makes it easy to collect all your photos in one spot.

Next, liven up your slideshow with transitions and music. Microsoft Photos offers transition effects to help your images slide into each other. Plus, you can add music tracks to set the mood.

One of the best parts is the intelligent storytelling feature. Advanced algorithms detect faces in your images and create cool animations between them. It adds a professional and personal touch to your slideshow without extra work.

Slideshows date back to ancient times when glass lantern slides were used to entertain and educate. Now, we have software like Microsoft Photos to make dynamic and visually appealing slideshows in no time.

Use Microsoft Photos to tell a story that will captivate your audience. Let your photos come alive and make a lasting impression.

Overview of Microsoft Photos

Microsoft Photos is essential for anyone looking to improve their visual storytelling. It has a user-friendly interface and advanced features.

Import photos and videos from your camera or smartphone and categorize them into albums.

Editing tools let you adjust brightness, contrast, apply filters, and more.

Create dynamic slideshows to showcase photos or make presentations! Simply arrange the desired images/videos in your library and Microsoft Photos will apply smooth transitions.

Add music to your slideshow from its selection of royalty-free tracks or import your own music.

Sync the tempo of the music with the slideshow pace.

Also add captions or text overlays to individual slides.

Step 1: Opening Microsoft Photos

  1. Open Microsoft Photos to create a captivating slideshow! Locate it in the Start menu or search bar.
  2. Click on the icon to launch the app. Now you’re ready to begin!
  3. On the home screen, there will be various options. Take a moment to familiarize yourself.
  4. Look for the “Create” button in the top-right corner.
  5. Select “Slideshow” from the drop-down menu.
  6. You’re ready to craft a dynamic presentation. Unleash your creativity and impress your audience.

Fun Fact: Microsoft Photos has over 1 billion downloads worldwide! (source: Windows Central).

Step 2: Importing Photos

  1. Open Microsoft Photos.
  2. Click the “Create” button at the top.
  3. Select “Automatic video with music”.
  4. Add photos & videos with the “Add photos and videos” button. Multiples can be chosen.
  5. Click “Create” to import photos into the slideshow.

You can also adjust the order of photos, add music or captions for a better slideshow.

Pro Tip: Have your photos organized before importing them into Microsoft Photos for an easier slideshow-making process.

Step 3: Organizing the Photos

Step 3 is the important task of organizing pics for the Microsoft Photos slideshow. Here’s a guide to help you:

  1. Group similar photos: Go through your collection and group like images together. This helps arrange them better.
  2. Create folders or albums: After sorting, create folders or albums for different themes or parts of the slideshow. It’ll help keep it organized and simpler to find pics later.
  3. Rename files if necessary: If any pics have generic names like “IMG_001,” consider renaming them. Eg. “Summer_Vacation_2019_001.” This makes it easier to ID each image and choose which ones for the slideshow.
  4. Delete unwanted photos: Go through your collection and remove any duplicate or unnecessary photos. This makes selection simpler and better pics make it to the slideshow.
  5. Arrange the photos: Arrange the photos in each folder or album in the order you want them to appear in the slideshow. Drag and drop to re-sequence.

Organizing photos effectively is key for a visually appealing presentation. Add captions or titles to enhance the storytelling.

Let me share a story. Last year, my friend Tina made a nostalgic slideshow for her parent’s anniversary. By organizing old family photographs according to milestones, she created a journey down memory lane that brought joy to everyone.

Step 4: Adding Music or Sound Effects

Enhance the overall experience for your viewers by adding music or sound effects to your slideshow! You can easily do this with Microsoft Photos.

  1. First, open the software and select the project.
  2. Then click the “Edit” button and the “Music” tab.
  3. Choose music from your personal collection or pre-installed soundtracks.
  4. Click “Add Music” and adjust settings like volume, fade in/out, and loop options.

Also, Microsoft Photos offers built-in sound effects such as applause and laughter. Place them at appropriate spots in the slideshow.

Try using different songs or sound effects for each slide transition to keep your audience engaged. With music or sound effects, you’ll take your presentation from ordinary to extraordinary! Try it out and see the difference!

Step 5: Editing the Slideshow

Editing is key when it comes to making an impressive presentation. By adjusting the elements, you can make your slideshow look great and show off your creativity. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of the editing process:

  1. Customize Transitions: Choose from different effects to easily change slides. Try options like Fade, Wipe, or Zoom to add a bit of elegance and fluidity.
  2. Adjust Slide Duration: Manage how long each slide appears on screen by changing the duration. This lets you sync visuals with audio and give viewers enough time to read.
  3. Add Captions
  4. Remove Unwanted Elements: If certain elements don’t help your slideshow, get rid of them. Feel free to delete any images or text that distract from the main message.
  5. Apply Filters and Effects: Make your slideshow more visually pleasing by adding filters and effects to individual slides. Experiment with options like sepia, black and white, or vintage tones.

When editing, keep a consistent narrative flow throughout your slideshow. Make sure each change helps to get your message across effectively.

I once had a client who needed a slideshow for their business presentation. During editing, we tried various transitions and effects until we found one that suited their brand. In the end, we created a stunning slideshow that captivated their audience and made a great impression on potential investors.

Step 6: Customizing Transition Effects

Customizing transition effects can make your Microsoft Photos slideshow more engaging. Here’s how:

  1. Select the “Transition” tab. When you’ve added all the pictures, click on the tab at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose a transition effect. Scroll through the available effects and pick the one you like. To preview each effect, hover over it with your cursor.
  3. Adjust the duration. Use the slider to decide how long the transition lasts. You can set a certain time or let it adjust according to the length of the photo.
  4. Apply to all slides (optional). If you want the same transition for all slides, click “Apply to All”.
  5. Customize individual transitions (optional). To give different transitions to specific slides, go back to editing mode and select a slide. Then, repeat steps 2-4.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for other transitions. If you want different effects throughout your slideshow, repeat the steps for each new transition.

For a captivating presentation, a few extra suggestions:

  1. Keep it consistent. Use similar transitions throughout your presentation for a cohesive look. Consistency helps maintain viewer engagement.
  2. Match transitions with content. Consider how to align certain transitions with the content or mood of each slide. Use subtle transitions for serious or emotional images. Lively slides could benefit from dynamic transitions like flips or spins.
  3. Don’t overdo it. While transition effects can add visual interest, be careful not to use too many or overly complex transitions. Excessive effects may distract viewers and look unprofessional.

Step 7: Adding Text or Captions

Elevate your slideshow with captivating text and captions! Microsoft Photos makes it super simple. Here’s how:

  1. Open the app.
  2. Choose the slideshow.
  3. Click the “Text” option.
  4. Enter the text and customize the font, size, and color.

You can also jazz up your captions with different fonts, colors, animations, and effects. Dare to be creative and make your presentation stand out! Don’t miss out on this chance to wow your audience—start adding text and captions to your slideshows with Microsoft Photos today!

Step 8: Previewing and Saving the Slideshow

It’s time to preview and save your masterpiece after creating a slideshow in Microsoft Photos. This step lets you see how your slideshow will appear before sharing. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the “Preview” button at the top of the Microsoft Photos window. This will play your slideshow from the start.
  2. Pause or stop the slideshow anytime by clicking the respective buttons at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Press the “Edit” button if you want to make any changes after previewing. This goes back to the editing mode.
  4. Click the “Save” button next to the “Preview” button when you’re satisfied with your slideshow. A dropdown menu will appear.
  5. Choose a saving option that suits you. For instance, select “Video” to save as a video file or “Project” to continue editing later.
  6. Follow the prompts or settings to complete the saving process. Specify a location and provide a name for the file.
  7. Remember to save a copy of your slideshow so the original version remains intact.

Pro Tip: Play your saved slideshow one more time with a media player outside of Microsoft Photos. This way, you can be sure everything appears as intended before sharing or using it.


Making a slideshow in Microsoft Photos is simple! Follow these steps for an appealing presentation:

  1. Select desired photos.
  2. Arrange them in order.
  3. Add transitions and music.
  4. Finally, save and share your masterpiece.

Select the photos you want to include in your slideshow. Easily reorder them by dragging and dropping. You can rotate and resize each photo too.

Enhance the visual appeal of your slideshow with transition effects. Microsoft Photos offers slide, fade, crossfade – and more! Find the one that best suits you.

Add background music or audio narration. Choose a song from your personal collection or pick from pre-selected audio tracks. This adds atmosphere to your presentation.

When you’re done arranging photos, transitions and music, save and share your slideshow. Microsoft Photos saves as a video file. Share via email or social media.

Pro Tip: Keep it simple! Don’t overcrowd slides with visuals and text. Showcase your best photos for optimal impact.

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