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Use Presenter View

How to Use Presenter View in Google Slides

Use Presenter View

Presenter view allows you to run your presentation from one monitor (at a podium, for example) while your audience views it on another. Here are some advantages to running a presentation using Presenter view:

  • You can use thumbnails to select slides out of sequence and create a customized presentation for your audience.
  • Preview text shows you what your next click will add to the screen, such as a new slide or the next bullet in a list.
  • Speaker's notes are shown in large, clear type so that you can use them as a script for your presentation.
  • You can temporarily black out the screen during a presentation and then resume where you left off. This can come in handy during breaks or question and answer periods.

Open Presenter View

  1. Click the Present button list arrow.
  2. Select Presenter view.
    Use Presenter View

The presentation starts in two windows—one displaying the slideshow, the other showing the presenter view tools. Send the window with the slideshow to the screen that the audience will see, while keeping the presenter view window on your screen.

Navigate in Presenter View

The left pane of the presenter view window displays a thumbnail of the current slide at the top, with thumbnails of the previous and next slides below that.

  1. Click the Next thumbnail.
  2. You advance to the next slide.

  3. Click the Previous thumbnail.
    Navigate in Presenter View
  4. You can also navigate to a specific slide.

  5. Click the slide list arrow.
  6. Select a slide.
    Navigate in Presenter View

You jump to the slide that you selected.

Use the Timer

At the top of the left pane, you can see the running time of the presentation.

  1. Click the Pause button to stop it.
  2. Click the Reset button to set it back to zero.
    Use the Timer

The timer is reset.

View Notes

The right side of the presenter view window will display the notes you've added to the current slide.

  1. Click the Zoom In or Zoom Out buttons to change the font size.
    View Notes

Run Q&A

You can also use presenter view to interact with your audience by opening up to questions.

  1. Click the Audience Tools tab.
  2. Click the Start New button.
    Run Q&A

    Once the session starts, a link is generated. Give this link to your audience, and they can use it to submit questions. They can also vote on each other's questions, so that the most popular questions rise to the top.

  3. Click a question's Present button.
    Run Q&A

    The selected question appears in the slideshow.

  4. Click a question's Hide button.
    Run Q&A

    The question is hidden and the slideshow returns to the presentation screen.

  5. Click the On/Off button to toggle Q&A.
    Run Q&A

Now, questions are closed.

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