Keynote ‘09: Customizing the Presenter Display

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Customizing the Presenter Display

If you have a dual-display configuration (one display for the presenter and another for the audience), or if you want to rehearse your presentation using a single display, you can view information that’s helpful to you as the presenter. For example, you can configure your display to show you a clock, a timer, a preview of the next slide, and other prompts. (Self-playing presentations cannot be used with the presenter’s view.)

You can specify which prompts appear in presenter’s view, and how they are arranged. Before you customize the presenter’s view, you need to enable presenter’s view and specify which of your two displays will show it.

To enable the presenter display:
  1. Choose Keynote > Preferences, and then click Presenter Display.

  2. Select “Use alternate display to view presenter information.”

    In the Preferences window, you can also select the items that you want to appear in the presenter display. But you can also select different options and make further adjustments when you customize the presenter display.

  3. Click Slideshow at the top of the Preferences window.

  4. Select one of the following options at the bottom of the Preferences window:

    • Present on primary display:  
      Shows the slideshow on the same display as the menu bar.
    • Present on secondary display:  
      Shows the slideshow on the display without the menu bar.
  5. To specify which items you want to have available in the Presenter Display, select them.

    For a description of each option, see below.

To customize the presenter display:
  1. Access the presenter display preview by doing any of the following:

    • Click the Customize Presenter Display button at the bottom of Presenter Display preferences.

    • Choose Play > Customize Presenter Display.

  2. In the Customize Presenter Display window, select the options you want to see in the presenter display.

    • Current Slide:  
      Shows a preview of the slide that currently appears on the display that the audience is watching. This can be useful if, for example, the slideshow is playing on a screen behind you.
    • Build Markers:  
      Appear as blue dots below the current slide preview, indicating how many builds are on the current slide.
    • Next Slide:  
      Shows a preview of the next slide.
    • Ready to Advance Indicator:  
      Appears as a green or red bar across the top of the Presenter Display, indicating when the current build is finished playing through and the slide is awaiting a click from you to continue. Red means the slide is not yet ready to be advanced; green means the slide is ready to be advanced.
    • Notes:  
      Shows the presenter notes you’ve written to help prompt you with the current slide. To learn about creating presenter notes, see Adding Presenter Notes.
    • Clock:  
      Shows the current time according to your computer’s clock.
    • Timer:  
      Lets you know how much time your presentation is taking, beginning from the moment you advance to the next slide (not when you press Play). Select an option to specify how you want to be timed:

      Time Remaining:  Indicates how much time is left for your presentation. Enter the maximum time for your presentation in the adjacent field.

      Elapsed Time:  Indicates how much time has passed since you started to play your slideshow.

  3. Drag the items on the screen to position them in the way you prefer.

  4. To resize an item on the screen, drag its lower-right corner.

  5. Click Done.

Additional slideshow controls are available to you through the presenter display, making it easy to jump to any slide, pause your presentation on a black screen, and more. For details, see Tips for Using an External Display.

Related Topics
Viewing a Presentation on an External Display or Projector
About Rehearsing and Viewing Presentations
Published Date: Sep 3, 2015
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