This slideshow is only opening in full screen mode. I can't find any context menu options that will switch it to windowed mode.

Update: I am opening this .pptx file as an attachment from within a Word doc. Opening it that way seems to force to full screen. However, when I right-click the attachment and select Edit, it opens in actual edit mode within PowerPoint itself. Also, when I save the attachment and open it directly from the drive, it also opens in edit mode. This will suffice for now, but it would be nice to be able to switch a full screen presentation to windowed.

  • upvoted for the correct update: in office365 still the same Mar 27, 2020 at 7:55

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In the Ribbon, on the Slide Show tab, there's a button called Set Up Slide Show.

Set up slide show

In there is an option called Browsed by an individual (window).

Slide show settings

  • While it's in full screen mode, I don't see a ribbon. At any rate, I updated my answer with some work-arounds, though I'd like to see a more practical solution. Jan 15, 2015 at 13:10

For Office 2016 (OS X), it's similar to the answer posted previously. You can go to "Slide Show" tab -> "Set Up Slide Show" -> on the popup, under the "Show type", choose "Browsed by an individual (window)" -> "OK".

Then "Play from Current Slide" will play the slide in windowed mode.

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