How to Use Rehearse Timings in Microsoft PowerPoint

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In Brief...

If you want to rehearse presenting your slideshow to make sure the timing is correct, you can use the Rehearse Timings feature.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Select the Slide Show tab and in the Set Up group, select Rehearse Timings.
    Select Rehearse Timings

  2. The Recording box will launch. You can use the options to click through the slide show and pause it.
    Recording Box

  3. When done recording, a dialog box will launch asking if you would like to save the timing. Click Yes to save the new slide timings.
    Dialog Box

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