Start the presentation and see your notes in Presenter view

Presenter view has come a long way. If you're using PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2016, just connect the monitors and PowerPoint automatically sets it up. In Presenter view, you can see your notes as you present, while the audience sees only your slides.

Start presenting

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

shows where the slide show view button is in powerpoint

Tip:  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

Presenter view automatically extends to the projector or external monitor. However, if you want to switch monitors you can.

Tip:  To manually determine which computer will display your notes in Presenter view and which will face the audience (Slide Show view), 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

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.
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