Keynote for Mac: Add and view presenter notes

Add and view presenter notes

You can add notes to any slide to help you present. If you’re presenting on an external display, you can refer to your presenter notes during your presentation when you set up the presenter display to show presenter notes.

Add and edit notes for a slide

  1. Click View View button in the toolbar, then choose Show Presenter Notes.

  2. Type notes in the white area below the slide.

    To change the font size or apply text formatting to the presenter notes, use the controls in the sidebar on the right. (If you don’t see a sidebar, or the sidebar isn’t labeled Presenter Notes at the top, click Format button in the toolbar.)

To hide presenter notes, click View in the toolbar, then choose Hide Presenter Notes.

View presenter notes while playing your presentation

To view your presenter notes during a presentation, you must be showing your presentation on a connected display. The notes appear only on your screen, so only you can see them.

  1. Click the Play button in the toolbar on your Mac, then click the Layout button.

    If you don’t see the Layout button, move the pointer anywhere on the presenter display to make it appear.

  2. Select the Presenter Notes checkbox then click outside the dialog to close it.

  3. Do any of the following to change how the presenter notes appear:

    • Change the size of the font: Move the pointer over the Presenter Notes window, then click one of the font buttons to make the font smaller or bigger.

    • Invert the text and background colors: Move the pointer over the Presenter Notes window, then click the Invert Colors button to change the Presenter Notes window to white text on a black background or vice versa (other text colors aren’t affected).

Published Date: Apr 2, 2017
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