There are multiple ways you can deliver a PowerPoint presentation, such as distributing paper handouts or by running the presentation on a computer. Running a presentation on a computer is the preferred method because it gives you the most control over the presentation and allows you to use multimedia, animation, and other effects.
Start and End a Slide Show
- Click the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
- Select From Beginning or From Current Slide.
You can also press F5 on your keyboard or click the Slide Show button in the status bar to start the presentation.
- To exit the presentation and return to normal view, click the Options button.
- Select End Show.
Pressing the Escape key also ends the presentation.
Move Through Slides
There are navigation buttons located at the bottom-left of a slide when presenting. You can use these to navigate a presentation or use navigation keystroke shortcuts on the keyboard.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Presenting a Slide Show
|Advance to the next slide||Click the left mouse button or press any of the following keys on the keyboard: Enter, Spacebar, ?, ?, N, or Page Down.|
|Go back to the previous slide||Press any of the following keys on the keyboard: ?, ?, P, or Page Up.|
|Jump to a specific slide||Type the slide number and press Enter.|
|Display a white screen||Press W.|
|Display a black screen||Press B.|
|Turn on the laser pointer||Hold the Ctrl key and click and hold the left mouse button.|
|Turn on the pen tool||Press Ctrl + P.|
|End the presentation||Press the Esc key.|
Sometimes when you're in a presentation, you'll need to switch to a different program to present information.
- While presenting, click the Options button.
- Select Screen.
- Select Show Taskbar.
The taskbar pops up at the bottom and now you are free to navigate.
- Click the program you need to jump to.
- When you’re ready to switch back, just click the PowerPoint icon in the taskbar.
- Select the presentation.
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