Re: Displaying notes selectively in PowerPoint

Subject: Re: Displaying notes selectively in PowerPoint
From: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:27:11 -0600

Dan wrote:

> As is generally known, you can toggle FN+F8 to display a presentation
> simultaneously on a laptop screen and an external monitor. Does
> PowerPoint have a function to display only the Slide Show view on the
> external monitor, while displaying the Notes Page view on the laptop
> screen?

It's called "Presentation Mode." (Once you know the name, it's easy to find
lots of nice tutorials.)

The big thing to remember is that you need to set up the multi-monitor
display in TWO places: Windows first, then in PowerPoint. FN+F8 tells the
laptop to use an external monitor, but by default, Windows and the display
adapter are set up to mirror the display. You'll need to set up the laptop's
multi-monitor settings to extend the Windows desktop onto the external
monitor. Right-click the desktop and play with Properties>Settings, or go
into the hardware-specific display setup utility. Once that's set up, you
can tell PowerPoint to use Presentation Mode.

Also note that FN+F8 isn't quite universal--I'm pretty sure it's defined by
the driver for the graphics adapter. I've seen a few laptops which use
other keys for this.

For extra credit: For maximum display clarity, turn off ClearType font
smoothing when using a projector. ClearType is designed to improve clarity
on LCD screens; displays with other arrangements of red/green/blue pixels
actually look worse with ClearType.

Paul Goble
Omaha, Nebraska
pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com

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