How to View Image Slideshow from Folder in Windows 11

With the classic ribbon interface removed in Windows 11, the “Picture Tools” tab and the “Slideshow” button have also been removed. You may be wondering how to start a slideshow from a folder in Windows 11.

View Images as a Slideshow in Windows 11

There are two options to view your photos as a slideshow in Windows 11 without opening the Photos app.

Option 1: Add “Slideshow” option to image files right-click menu

You can add a “Slideshow” option to the right-click context menu of image file types. This option is equivalent to the original “Slideshow” ribbon command.

Download the file add-slideshow-context-menu.zip, unzip and apply the .reg file.

You’ll now see the option “Slide show” in the right-click menu for image files (.png, .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .jfif, etc.). Clicking on the option starts the slideshow from the current file.

add slideshow context menu for image files

For your information, the registry file adds the following keys:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Slideshow]
"CanonicalName"="{73BCE053-3BBC-4AD7-9FE7-7A7C212C98E6}"
"CommandStateHandler"="{880ac964-2e34-4425-8cf2-86ada2c3a019}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-31288"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5347"
"MediaTypeFlags"=dword:00000005
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-31287"
"VerbToInvoke"="slideshow"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\Slideshow\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{80c68d96-366b-11dc-9eaa-00161718cf63}"

Run the undo.reg file if you wish to remove the Slide show option from the right-click menu.


Option 2: Bring back the classic ribbon in Windows 11

Note: This method works in Windows 11 21H2 only. The tweak has been discontinued from Version 22H2 onwards.



You can apply a registry edit that brings back the Windows 10-style ribbon UI in Windows 11.

slideshow ribbon command in windows 11

Check out the article Get Back Windows 10 Ribbon UI in Windows 11 File Explorer to learn how to bring back the File Explorer ribbon in Windows 11.

(There is also an undo method if you want to revert to the original settings later.)

I hope that helps!


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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