Add PowerPoint inside of a PowerPoint

Want a dynamic PowerPoint that loops a slideshow in your slideshow?  In this setup, you will have two PowerPoints, a movie from your second PowerPoint and a .swf enabled clock.

Here’s an example of our Work Ethics PowerPoint –

The PowerPoint that is running is a macros enabled PowerPoint with a PowerPoint movie in the one and only slide of PowerPoint One.


After a few seconds, you’ll see the movie advance to the next slide.

Advancing movie

Here’s how to make this PowerPoint-

  • Make a folder on your desktop called Project.
  • Open PowerPoint and select your template.  (We will call this PowerPoint One)
  • Insert a logo into the first slide of PowerPoint One.
  • Navigate to
  • Download the clock of your choice and follow the steps from the above website.  This excellent website also provides directions for other versions of office.
    • This will insert a SWF (Flash clock on the slide of PowerPoint One) – There are many clocks to choose from on the site.  When you open the developer properties, select to embed the clock and to loop.
  • Save this PowerPoint (PowerPoint One) as macro enabledMacroEnabled
  • Open PowerPoint again and select your template.  (We will call this PowerPoint Two).
    • Create your PowerPoint.
    • Click Advance Slide. (Set your Timings)Transition
    • Setup your PowerPoint to Loop


    • Save As a pptx file – You may want to change this PowerPoint later.  Saving it as a PowerPoint allows you to edit it.  You will have to resave a movie if you update the PowerPoint.
    • Next save it as a WMV file.Movie
    • This will take some time – 5-10 minutes.
  • Open PowerPoint One.  Insert the movie you saved.   Set the Movie to automatically start and to Loop.Loop and Auto
  • Save your PowerPoint as Macro Enabled.MacroEnabled

Now when you play PowerPoint One, the clock will start and so will the movie.


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