Presenter View In PowerPoint 13

Still hesitating to present a Presentation in front of an audience? Always confused what the audience is seeing and what are you?

This is where Presenter View shows up in PowerPoint!!!

It is a great way for us to view our presentation with our notes on one computer, while the audience views only the presentation without our notes.

In previous versions of PowerPoint we had to activate the Presenter View, and we also needed more than one monitors to view it. In the new version of PowerPoint 13, we can easily rehearse our presentation using Presenter View without the need of an extra screen and in this version of PowerPoint, the Presenter View is activated by default.

For this post I am using only one screen.

In order to view where the command is located, we must select the Slide Show tab and from the area of the ribbon named Monitor we notice the command Use Presenter View, which is already activated as shown below.

Use Presenter View

Then we need to start our Slide Show, either by using the appropriate commands or by pressing the F5 key. Once our Slide Show has started we do a right click anywhere on the screen and from the shortcut menu that appears we select the command Show Presenter View as we can see in the image below.

Show Presenter View

In the next image we can see that Presenter View has started. The Presenter View is separated in 5 (five) different areas. Let’s see these areas one by one.

Presenter View

At the top left area of the Presenter View we can use the following commands:

  • Show Taskbar: The taskbar appears at the bottom of our screen.
  • Display Settings: Which means we can Swap Presenter View and Slide Show and we can Duplicate Slide Show.
  • End Slide Show: We end the presentation.

Display Settings

Right beneath we have a large preview of the current slide that we are viewing, and on the top left of this area we can view our Timer, Pause it, and Restart the Timer. At the right of this area we can see the actual time.


At the bottom of Presenter View we have the following options.

Pen And Laser Pointer Tools: We can point or write on our slides by using this command.

Pen And Laser Pointer Tools

See All Slides: By selecting this command we can view thumbnails of all the slides in our presentation making it easy to move to a specific slide.

See All Slides

Once we have used the See All Slides we can use the arrow at the top left to return to Presenter View.

Return To Presenter View

Zoom Into Slide: We can click on this command to view a detail in our slide up close. We select the command and then click on the part of the slide that we want to see up close.

Zoom Into Slide

Black or Unblack Slide Show: We can use this command to hide or unhide the current slide in our presentation.

Black or Unblack Slide Show

More Slide Show Options: We have many more options to use such as Last Viewed, Custom Show, Hide Presenter View, Screen, Help, Pause, and End Show.

More Slide Show Options

At the bottom of the window we can use the Previous or Next buttons to move to the previous or next slide.

Previous Next

At the right area of Presenter View, we can view the Next Slide that will follow or next animation in a smaller preview. Right beneath the slide we can view our notes in the current slide and right at the bottom we can increase or decrease the size of our font for our notes by using the appropriate commands.


Below you can check out the video demonstrating Presenter View in PowerPoint 13.

Presenter View

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Posted on October 28, 2012, in Microsoft Office 2013 English, PowerPoint English 2013 and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Presenter View In PowerPoint 13.

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