Mac Tip of the Week # 10: The Untold Secrets of the PowerPoint Presenter Tools!

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When playing your PowerPoint presentations, do you use the Presenter Tools? If not, you might want to try it next time.

The Presenter Tools  allow you to see the time (current or elapsed), view your slide notes, and preview the next slide. It also allows you to open links from your presentations (something you can’t do if you show the presentation without the Presenter Tools).

To take advantage of these helpful tools:

1) When you are ready to play your presentation, click on the Slide Show menu, then View Presenter Tools.

PowerPoint Slide Show Menu With the View Presenter Tools option highlighted

The Slide Show will play, with the Presenter Tools visible to only you. The slides will be the only thing displayed to your students:

Viewing a Slide Show with the PowerPoint Presenter Tools

By default, the current time is displayed on the top right. The current slide is in the top center, the slide notes are in the bottom center & the Up Next window (displays the next slide) is on the bottom left.

3) To open a link on your slide, make sure the slide with the links is the one currently displaying in the top center. Then click on the link. The link will open in a web browser window.

A Slide Containing Links is Currently Displaying in the Top Center

Stay tuned for next week’s tip which will cover how to change some of the Presenter Tools display settings, including changing the time displayed from the current time to the elapsed time!

3 Responses to “Mac Tip of the Week # 10: The Untold Secrets of the PowerPoint Presenter Tools!”

  1. Faculty Development Update for Week of May 17-23, 2010 « HNU Faculty Development Update Says:

    […] HNU Faculty Development Update A brief update to keep you in the loop on faculty development activities and accomplishments, plus a weekly Mac tip! « Mac Tip of the Week # 10: The Untold Secrets of the PowerPoint Presenter Tools! […]

  2. Karen G. Schneider Says:

    This is a great tip!

    One thing I’ve learned is to turn off “mirroring” in the display. Presenter mode assumes that your computer/laptop will have a different display than your projector.

  3. Faculty Development Update for Week of May 24-30, 2010 « HNU Faculty Development Update Says:

    […] Last week’s tip stepped you through using the helpful PowerPoint Presenter Tools. This tip will take it one step further and show you how to change some of the Presenter Tools display settings, including changing the time displayed from the current time to the elapsed time! […]

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