Presenting in PowerPoint can be daunting. Use these PowerPoint presentation tips for a successful, engaging, professional experience.
Once your slide show is completed, you will need to learn how to present it to an audience. PowerPoint offers several tools and features that can help make your presentation smooth, engaging, and professional.
In this lesson, you will learn how to play a slide show and advance through slides. In addition, you will learn about various presentation options like using a highlighter to mark slides and how to set your slide show to play on a continuous loop.
To present your slide show, you'll need to know how to start it. PowerPoint allows you to start your slide show from the first slide or from any slide within the slide show. Once your slide show has started, you'll need to know how to advance through the slides.
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You can also start the slide show from the slide you prefer by selecting the slide and clicking on From Current Slide from the Start Slide Show group. This option is convenient if you only want to view or present certain slides.
Another option for starting the slide show is to select Slide Show view at the bottom of the window.
You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to advance and reverse slides.
To end a slide show, hover and select the menu box options command and click End Show. You can also press the Esc key at the top left of your keyboard to end the show.
PowerPoint provides convenient tools and features you can use while you are presenting your slide show. Features include changing your mouse pointer to a pen or highlighter to draw attention to items in your slides. In addition, you can jump around to slides in your presentation or access items from your computer desktop if needed.
From the same menu, you can also change the color of the pen or highlighter. Keep in mind that light color choices are best for the highlighter.
When you end your slide show, you also have the option to Keep or Discard (erase) any ink markings you made during your presentation.
Sometimes you may need to access the Internet or other files and programs on your computer during your presentation. PowerPoint allows you to access your desktop task bar without ending your presentation.
You can also access any of the above menu items by right-clicking anywhere on the screen during your slide show.
PowerPoint has various options for setting up and playing a slide show. For example, you can set up an unattended presentation that can be displayed at a kiosk and make your slide show repeat with continuous looping.
Set which slides you would like to show. All is the default, but you can choose to show only certain slides or display any Custom shows you have created from your original presentation.
Presenters often use a laptop and projector to display slide shows. If you have more than one monitor, you may choose which one to display the slide show on. If you want to view the show on both your computer (your view) and the projector (audience view), you can select Show Presenter view.
If you have set timings in your slide show, they will automatically play. If you want to disable the timings and control the slides yourself, select Manually.
Show options include:
• Looping continuously, which will repeat the slide show until you press the Esc key
• Disabling narration and animation from playing during your show
• Changing the default pen and laser pointer colors
Choose Show type:
• Presented by a speaker: Show plays in full screen and is controlled by the speaker
• Browsed by an individual: Show is displayed in a window
• Browsed at a kiosk: Show plays in full screen but is self running, offering no control to the individual viewing it