Turn your mouse into a laser pointer

In Slide Show view or in Reading view, you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw your audience’s attention to something on a slide. (This process only works on PowerPoint for Windows.)

  1. Do one of the following:

    • To use the laser pointer in Slide Show view:   On the Slide Show tab, click either From Beginning or From Current Slide to start your slide show.

      You can start a slide show from the beginning or from the current slide
    • To use the laser pointer in Reading view:   On the View tab, click Reading View.

      Reading view is suitable for reading a PowerPoint presentation full screen when there is no presenter.
  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click and drag the left mouse button to point to the contents on the slide that you want to draw attention to.

    Tip:   If you want your audience to see the laser pointer but not your mouse pointer, be sure to press and hold Ctrl before you move your mouse to keep the mouse pointer hidden.

By default, the color of the pointer is red, but green and blue are also available. To change the color of the laser pointer, do the following:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.

  2. In the Set Up Show dialog box, under Show options, select the color that you want from the Laser pointer color list, and then click OK.

    Shows laser pointer options in PowerPoint

(For complete details about recording and timing your slide shows, see Record a slide show with narration and slide timings.)

To record your laser pointer movements to enhance a web-based or self-running slide show, do the following:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, point to the arrow next to Record Slide Show Button image .

    Click either Start Recording from Beginning or Start Recording from Current Slide, depending on where you want to start to record your slide show.

  2. In the Record Slide Show dialog box, select the Narrations and laser pointer check box.

  3. Click Start Recording.

    Tip:   To pause the narration, in the Recording box, click Pause. To resume, click Resume Recording.

  4. Press and hold Ctrl, and then click and drag the left mouse button to point to the contents on the slide that you want to draw attention to.

  5. To move to the next slide, release Ctrl, and then click the left mouse button.

  6. To end your slide show recording, right-click the slide, and then click End Show.

    The recorded slide show timings are automatically saved and the slide show appears in Slide Sorter view with timings under each slide.

  7. To view the pointer movements and timings you just recorded, on the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, click either From Beginning or From Current Slide.

To re-do your pointer movements or slide timings, just repeat these steps.

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