How to Create a Slideshow in Photos App in macOS Sierra [Complete Guide]

It's nice to create and edit slideshows in Photos for macOS Sierra on Mac. Let me take you through this complete guide to give life to some of your favorite images.

Slideshow of Photos for macOS Sierra and iOS 10 have livened up memories, bringing the much-needed life to all these pictures which bring the smile to your face whenever you take a look at them. Interestingly, they can be created with ease.

What’s more, you can add your favorite theme, music and even text to make the slideshow even more special. If you ever think some photos are missing from the slideshow, add them whenever you want. Besides, you also have the option to reorder the photos as desired and decide how long each slide should appear. Let’s dive ahead to create and edit slideshows in Photos for macOS Sierra on Mac.

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How to Use Slideshow in Mac Photos App

How to Use Slideshow in Photos App on Mac in macOS Sierra

Create Slideshows in Photos App on Mac in macOS Sierra

Step #1. Launch Photos app on your Mac.

Step #2. Next, click on File menu and select Create Slideshow.

Click on File Menu and Click on Create Slideshow in Mac Photos App

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Alternately, click on the “+” button in the toolbar and select Slideshow.

Click on Slideshow in Mac Photos App

Step #3. Now, choose New Slideshow (It’s selected by default) and name it. Then click OK.

Create Slideshow in Mac Photos App

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Step #4. Next up, you will have to select the photos you want to use in the slideshow.

You can choose pics from Favorites, Selected or All Items. In this test, I’m going pick some of my beautiful pics from All Items. Click on the photos you want to select and then click on Add at the top right corner.

Add Photos to Slideshow in Mac Photos App

Reorder photos

Now, rearrange photos as desired. Right click on Slideshow name under project from Sidebar and drag the photos to your preferred order at the bottom of the window.

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Reorder Photos in Slideshow in Mac Photos App

Change a Theme

There are multiple themes like Reflections, Origami, Ken Burns to choose from.

To choose a theme, click the Themes button located on the middle right side of the slideshow.

Click on Theme Button in Slideshow in Photos for Mac

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Now, select your favorite theme.

Select Theme for Slideshow in Mac Photos App

You will be able to change the theme later. The text position, fonts and the transitions that appear between slides are in accordance with the theme you select.

Set an Exciting Background Music

Step #1. To choose music for the slideshow, click the Music button located at the middle right side of the screen.

Click on Music Icon in Slideshow on Mac

Step #2. Then, click the down arrow next to Music Library and choose songs.

Click on Dropdown Arrow in Slideshow

Step #3. You can select Theme Songs from the pop-up menu to check out different music.

Choose Music for Slideshow on Mac

Step #4. Choose iTunes to access music from your iTunes library.

Select Song from iTunes for Theme Music for Slideshow

Step #5. Under Selected Music section, drag the songs to change the order they play in.

Reorder Theme Song in Mac Photos App

Step #6. To delete a song, just select it and then click on “X” button.

Delete Theme Song in Photos App on Mac

Set Slideshow Time Interval

You get the option to decide how long each should appear.

Step #1. Click the duration button at the middle right side.

Click on Timer Icon in Slideshow on Mac

Step #2. Then, you can set the slideshow to play as long as the length of the selected music: For example, select Fit to Music.

Select Fit to Music for Theme Song

Step #3. You have the option to set a display time for the slideshow. To do so, select Custom, then drag the slider to adjust how long the slideshow plays.

Set Display Time for the Slideshow

Step #4. You can set a transition for the slideshow. To do so, select the Transition checkbox and choose a transition type from the pop-up menu.

Set Transition for the Slideshow

Step #5. You will be able to set slides to fit the screen as well.  Choose the “Scale photos to fit screen” checkbox.

Scale Slideshow Photos to Screen on Mac

Check out the Preview of the Slideshow

Click the Preview button to check out the quality of the slideshow. To stop the preview, click on Preview again. There is also an option to set the slideshow to loop continuously. To do so, click on the Loop button.

Preview and Loop Slideshow on Mac

Watch the Slideshow

Step #1. Once you are done, click the Play button.

Play Slideshow in Mac Photos App

Step #2. To stop playing a slideshow, just press the Escape key or click on the “X” button, to skip forward or back through the slides, press the arrow keys, press the Spacebar to pause the slideshow.

Pause, Stop, Forward and Rewind Slideshow on Mac

Edit Slideshow in Photos App on Mac in macOS Sierra

Step #1. Launch Photos app and select the slideshow under Projects in the sidebar.

Open Slideshow Project in Mac Photos App

Step #2. To add more photos to a slideshow, click thePlus Icon, then select Add Photos.

Click on Plus Sign in Mac Photos AppClick on Add Photos in Slideshow on Mac Photos App

Now, choose the photos you wish to add, then click Add.

Add Photos to Slideshow on Mac

Note: If you choose a Live Photo, it will appear as a still image in the slideshow.

Step #3. To add text to a slide, select a photo and clickPlus Icon, then select Add Text.

Click on Add Text in Photos on Slideshow

Choose the text in the text box. Next, type the text.

Add Text to Photos in Slideshow on Mac

You can change the font color and customize it further by right clicking on the same.

Edit Text on Photos in Slideshow on Mac

Delete Text from Photo in Slideshow

To delete text from a photo, select the text in the picture and then remove the text. Alternately, choose the T frame before the photo at the bottom. Then right click and select Delete Text.

Delete Text from Photos in Slideshow on Mac

Delete Photo in the Slideshow

To delete a photo from the slideshow, choose the photo you wish to delete in the row of thumbnails and then right click. Select Delete Slide.

Delete Photo from Slideshow on Mac

Export Slideshow on Mac

To export slideshow you just created, just click on Export and save it to the desired location.

Export Slideshow on Mac

Delete Entire Slideshow in Mac Photos App

It’s quite easy to delete slideshow on Mac. To do so, open Photos App → Right click on the Slideshow under Projects → Click on Delete Project.

Delete Slideshow in Mac Photos App

The Bottom Line

It’s time to bring more fun to your photos by making amazing slideshows. They will never let your wonderful memories fade away, will they?

There are two equally nice posts which I would like to recommend you to read like how to turn off Live Photos on Mac, and how to hide and unhide photos in Photos for Mac.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.
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