How to Make PowerPoint Notes Invisible During Presentations

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When giving a PowerPoint presentation, you want your notes and slides to be visible to you, the presenter, but invisible to the audience. To make that happen, you need to change a couple of settings in Windows and a couple in PowerPoint.

  • Link your computer to the big screen and turn on both. Make sure that the screen is accepting input from your computer, changing the input channel if necessary.

  • Go to the desktop of your computer. Right-click the desktop and select "Graphic Option," "Output To," "Extended Desktop," "Notebook" and "Digital Television." At this point, the wallpaper on your desktop appears on the big screen but the icons on the desktop should be invisible.

  • Open PowerPoint and load the file containing your presentation. Click "Slide Show" and "Set Up." Set up any aspects of the slide show you wish to change. Click "Show Presenter View" and "OK." "Presenter view" means slides for the audience, but slides and notes for you.

  • Click "View" and "Slideshow" when you are ready to give your presentation.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are playing your presentation on a single computer, watching the presentation on the same screen as your audience and don't want the notes to be be visible, use the PowerPoint Viewer instead of PowerPoint itself.
  • In Windows, "extended desktop" gives you one long desktop, half of it on one screen, half on another. "Display clone" gives you two identical screens.
  • The aspect ratio on the big screen might not be correct. You can change it either using the "Aspect Ratio" button on the television remote or you can change it within Windows. Right-click the desktop of your computer and select "Properties" and "Settings." The dialog box allows you to change screen resolution and color quality.
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