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Tech Tip for Writers #49: The Fifteen Second Slideshow

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q:   What’s an easy way to create a digital slideshow that takes no time?

A:  The books we-all write traditionally are words, but that’s changing. With digital interactive books, you can share images of your characters, settings, events. I’ve done that for a book I wrote on paleo-historic man. I saw you glaze over. That’s what I mean. For some topics, it’s hard to visualize the ideas and if you can’t see it in your mind, you probably won’t want to read it. I decided to include images of what my characters look like, where they lived, how they carried out their daily activities.

Sure, you know how to do that in WordPress, but what about Windows? Here’s all you do:

  • Go to the start button
  • Go to Computer in the right column
  • Select the folder with the pictures you want displayed as a slideshow
  • Double click any of the pictures
  • At the bottom center, there’s a ‘slideshow’ button. Press that and the fun begins.

Occasionally, double clicking the picture takes you to Paints (who knows? Ask Bill). Here’s what you do:

  • Select Slideshow from the toolbar

In the highly unlikely event the Universe has conspired against you to prevent the slideshow playing, I can still solve that:

  • Right-click on the folder with the pictures you want displayed as a slideshow
  • Select the last tab–Customize
  • Select Pictures from the drop-down menu
  • Say OK


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, CSG Master Teacher, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, Technology in Education featured blogger, and IMS tech expert. She is  the editor of a K-6 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, creator of technology training books for middle school and ebooks on technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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