Show or hide the pointer during a presentation

Whether you are projecting a full screen slide show or using presenter view, you can move the pointer around on a slide to draw attention to a certain idea or image in your presentation. The pointer is set to Automatic, which means it is hidden automatically after three seconds of inactivity. The pointer appears again when you move the mouse.

Screenshot shows the options available for the pointer used in a slide show. Options are Automatic, Hidden, Arrow, Pen, and Pen Color.

During the slide show, in the lower-right corner of the slide, click Pen button during slide show and then do one of the following:  



Show the pointer automatically


Always hide the pointer


Always show the pointer


Write on the slides


Select ink color for pen

Pen Color


  • When you are projecting a full screen slide show, the slide show controls Slide show controls are hidden after three seconds of inactivity. Move the mouse to make the slide show controls appear again.

  • To switch between the pointer and pen, press COMMAND + A and COMMAND + P .

See also

Draw on slides during a presentation

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