Draw on slides during a presentation

When you're showing a presentation, you can draw onscreen with a digital pen to emphasize a point or show connections.

marked-up presentation

Turn on the pen and draw in Slide Show

  1. On the Slide Show tab, ensure that Use Presenter View is turned on.

  2. On the Slide Show tab, click either Play from Start or Play from Current Slide to start your slide show.

    Start a slide show from the beginning or from the currently selected slide.
  3. In Presenter view, some helper buttons appear at the lower left corner of your slide. The one that looks like a pen Select the Pen helper button to specify what the mouse pointer looks like onscreen. determines how the mouse pointer appears to viewers:

    The Pen button is the left-most button in the set of helper buttons below slides in Presenter View.

    Click that Pen button, and then choose Pen from the pop-up menu:

    Click the Pen button, and then choose Pen from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click and drag the mouse to draw on the slide.

  5. (Optional) To turn off the pen, right-click the slide, point to Pointer Options, and then click Arrow Options and choose the option you prefer.

Change the color of the pen

By default, the color of the pen is red, but several colors available. To change the color of the pen:

  1. In Presenter View, click the Pen icon at the lower left portion of the slide:

    The Pen button is the left-most button in the set of helper buttons below slides in Presenter View.
  2. On the pop-up menu, point to Ink Color, and then select the color you want.

    Point to Ink Color, and then select the color you want from the popup menu

Erase ink that you've draw on slides

  • To remove some or all of what you’ve written or drawn, right-click the slide, point to Pointer Options, and then do one of the following:

    • Click Eraser, and then hold down the left mouse button and drag the eraser over what you want to erase.

    • Click Erase All Ink on Slide to erase everything you’ve written or drawn on the slide.

Turn on the pen and draw in Slide Show

  1. On the Slide Show tab, click either Play from Start or Play from Current Slide to start your slide show.

    Play your slide show from the start or from the current slide.
  2. In Slide Show view, four helper buttons appear at the lower left corner of your slide. The second one determines how the mouse pointer appears to viewers:

    The button that looks like a pen determines how the mouse pointer appears to viewers

    Click that Pen button, and then choose Pen from the pop-up menu:

    Choose a pen pointer from the pop-up menu.
  3. Click and drag the mouse to draw on the slide.

In PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, your pointer continues to be a pen until you turn the feature off, even as you move from one slide to the next.

In earlier versions of PowerPoint for macOS, your pointer ceases to be a pen when you navigate to a different slide. You must repeat step 2 above to turn the pen on again.

Change the color of the pen

By default, the color of the pen is red, but several colors available. To change the color of the pen:

  1. In Slide Show mode, click the Pen icon at the lower left portion of the slide:

    The button that looks like a pen determines how the mouse pointer appears to viewers
  2. On the pop-up menu, point to Pen Color, and then select the color you want.

    You can choose from several options for the color of the pen pointer.

The pen-pointer feature isn't available in PowerPoint Online. Use a desktop version of PowerPoint if you want to draw on a slide during a presentation.

Tip: If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts rather than your mouse when delivering your presentation, see Use keyboard shortcuts to deliver your presentation.

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