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Presenting slides in PowerPoint and Google Slides

Presenter mode in PowerPoint allows you to see the slide you are showing to your audience along with some additional information your audience does not see.  Google Slides has similar functionality. You can see your notes, the next slide, zooming, inking, and more.  This will work any time you have your laptop connected to a projector or second monitor.

PowerPoint Slide shows - Windows
  1. With your PowerPoint presentation open, click on Slide Show.
  2. Make sure the box beside Use Presenter View is checked.

With Presenter mode turned on, your audience will see just the slides in slideshow mode (via the projector or monitor you are sharing).  You will see the slide show on the left, the next slide in your deck on the right, and your notes in the box on the lower right.  On the left, under the slide, you will see some tools to show all slides (so you can quickly change slides without going through all of them), zoom to a part of a slide, annotate (write on your slide), temporarily black it for your audience, three dots for more options. Under those tools, you will see arrows to allow you to go forward or backward through your deck.  You can also navigate through your desk using the normal mouse/keyboard options.

  1. To begin the Slide Show, click on the projector icon on the bottom right side of the screen.
PowerPoint slide shows - MacOS
  1. Click on Slide ShowPresenter View, the presenter view will open on the current slide.

On a Mac, the Presenter View looks like different from a Windows machine.  The presenter will also see navigation arrows, the next slide or event, and the notes. The audience connected to a projector or second monitor will only see the slide.