Start the presentation and see your notes in Presenter view

If you're using PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2016, just connect the monitors and PowerPoint automatically sets up Presenter View for you. In Presenter view, you can see your notes as you present, while the audience sees only your slides. (For you, the notes appear on the right side of the window, below the thumbnail image of the Next Slide.)

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At the bottom of the PowerPoint slide window, select Slide Show.

shows where the slide show view button is in powerpoint

Now, if you are working with PowerPoint on a single monitor and you want to display Presenter view, in Slide Show view, on the control bar at the bottom left, select Show Presenter View button in PowerPoint , and then Show Presenter View.

Use the controls in Presenter view

  • To move to the previous or next slide, select Previous or Next.

    Presenter View - Back and Next buttons

  • To view all the slides in your presentation, select See all slides.

    Click Slide Navigator to view all slides

    Tip: You’ll see thumbnails of all the slides in your presentation (as shown below), making it easy to jump to a specific slide in the show.

    Show all slides in my slow

  • To view a detail in your slide up close, select Zoom into slide, and then point to the part you want to see.

    Zoom into the slide

  • To point to or write on your slides as you present, select Pen and laser pointer tools.

    Use the pen or laser tool to point to or write on slides

    Press the Esc key when you want to turn off the pen, laser pointer, or highlighter.

  • To hide or unhide the current slide in your presentation, select Black or unblack slide show.

    Black or unblack a slide

You can use PowerPoint on your smartphone as a remote control to run your presentation and view your speaker notes. See Using a laser pointer on your smartphone when presenting in PowerPoint for more information, including a brief video.

Swap the Presenter view and Slide view monitors

To manually determine which screen shows your notes in Presenter view and which shows only the slides themselves, on the task bar at the top of Presenter view, select Display Settings, and then select Swap Presenter View and Slide Show.

Display Settings in Presenter View

What the notes look like in Presenter view

When your computer is connected to a projector and you start the slide show This button starts a slide show, beginning from the first slide in the presentation. , Presenter View appears on your computer's screen, while only the slides appear on the projector screen. In Presenter view, you can see your notes as you present, while the audience sees only your slides:

Presenter View in PowerPoint 2016, with a circle around the Speaker Notes

The notes appear in a pane on the right. The text should wrap automatically, and a vertical scroll bar appears if necessary. You can also change the size of the text in the Notes pane by using the two buttons at the lower left corner of the Notes pane:

Change the size of the text in the Notes pane in Presenter view

Turn off Presenter view

If you want Presenter view turned off while you are showing your presentation to others:

On the Slide Show tab of the ribbon, clear the check box named Use Presenter View.

The Slide Show tab in PowerPoint has a check box to control whether Presenter View is used when you show a presentation to others.

See also

Using a laser pointer on your smartphone when presenting in PowerPoint

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