How to easily make a photo slideshow on your Mac, for sharing all those images from your recent vacation

You can make a photo slideshow on your Mac in just a few steps.

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You can make a photo slideshow on your Mac in just a few steps.
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  • Making a slideshow on a Mac through the Photos app is a simple and quick process.
  • In your slideshow, you’ll be able to customize things like slide transitions and background music.
  • There’s also the option to create an “Instant” slideshow. It’s a bit faster to create, but less customizable than building one yourself.
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Photo slideshows can be a fun way to remember a trip, or any experience.

And if you have a Mac, making a slideshow – complete with background music and fun slide transitions – is exceedingly easy to do.

You can either build a slideshow from scratch, or have your Mac’s Photos app make an “instant” one for you.

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How to make a slideshow on a Mac

Provided you already know which photos you want to include in your slideshow, this should be a quick and easy process:

1. Go to the Launchpad (the rocket ship icon in your bottom toolbar) and select the Photos app.Select the Photos app in the bottom right.

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Select the Photos app in the bottom right.
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2. Select your photos (by clicking on the first one, then press and hold the Command key and click each subsequent photo you want in your slideshow).

3. In the top toolbar, select “File,” then “Create,” then “Slideshow,” and finally “Photos.”

Navigate over to Photos to add them to your slideshow.

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Navigate over to Photos to add them to your slideshow.
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4. Add your slideshow name – this will appear at the beginning of the slideshow, so you may wish to change it from the suggested date-based name Apple will give it – and click “Ok.”

5. You can change the theme (like sliding panels or vintage prints), as well as the accompanying music and slide transitions, by clicking the icons on the right side of the slideshow.

Choose your theme on the right side of the screen.

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Choose your theme on the right side of the screen.
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6. When you’re ready, click “Export” to change the saved location of your new slideshow, otherwise you’ll be able to access it through the “My Projects” section of Photos.

If you need to reorder your photos, that’s an easy task: Just click and drag each photo into the position you prefer.

How to play an instant slideshow on a Mac

You can select the theme and music for instant slideshows, but other than that, they aren’t customizable. Here’s how to make an instant slideshow:

1. Open the Photos app and, if necessary, click “Photos” in the sidebar, followed by “Moments” (located in the top toolbar of that window).

Find your photos in Moments.

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Find your photos in Moments.
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2. Select some photos within one “Moment” (these are separated out according to date) – again, you’ll need to click the first photo, then hold the Command key down while selected each additional photo.

3. In the top toolbar, click “File” and then “Play Slideshow.”

4. In the pop-up slideshow window, select the theme and music.

Set your theme and music on the left side.

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Set your theme and music on the left side.
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5. Click “Play Slideshow.”