End the show
After creating a presentation, save it as a PowerPoint show. This allows you to run the show and not be faced with all the paraphernalia that was used to create it.
One negative is that at the end of the show a black slide is displayed.
To eliminate this last distraction, so that the show will run and then just return to the desktop, Go to PowerPoint Options (Tools>Options or Logo PowerPoint options in 2007+).
Remove the check from "End with black slide". Resave and carry on.
This will hold for every show until the setting is changed. It is not saved with the file.
"To force the presentation to end without the black screen on every computer, add an action button or autoshape on your last slide within the presentation.
You can now set the . . .action setting to "end show". This will force your presentation to end without displaying the final black screen and end of slide show message.
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