Presenting with Keynote

by Volker Weber

At the edcom Lotusphere comes to you event we got all presenters on the stage to introduce themselves. A few of them were quite surprised when they took a look at my screen. Not all of them, but certainly those who usually present with PowerPoint 2003. Keynote lets you easily configure two separate displays - the one your audience sees and the one you see:

Keynote presenter display

Your display shows current and next slide, slide notes, a clock, and a timer on your screen. And I thought, PowerPoint 2003 has the same feature, but that was only because PowerPoint 2004 on the Mac has it.


I believe the feature is there on the PC, too, it's just hidden very well in some obscure dialog box.

Stefan Tilkov, 2006-02-19

Powerpoint on the PC has it, too. Go into "Bildschirmpräsentation einrichten..." etc. There you'll find it.

Moritz Petersen, 2006-02-19

Yep, Powerpoint for Wintel does it...even the ancient 2000 version...we use it here quite effectively.

Colin Williams, 2006-02-19

Looks like another case of "feature request already in the product". People want it, although they already have it and just don't know.

Volker Weber, 2006-02-19

As usually -- it depends. If you have a little outdated hardware, that doesn't support to run the internal and external monitor as two, then the feature doesn't work.
Since switching to "both screens show the same" is usually just a hotkey and switching to "two monitor mode" means tweaking in the screen settings, it's a no brainer, that this is a "hidden feature".
:-) stw

Stephan H. Wissel, 2006-02-20

It is indeed also in Powerpoint 2003.
Powerpoint 2007 has mode some nice improvements in this field ;-)

Peter de Haas, 2006-02-20

Well, in Powerpoint XP and with my current ATI driver Powerpoint hangs in two-screen mode right after starting the presentation. Reproducable, even with a two-slide presentation...
I am running a setup which might be a little off standard though. My laptop has 1024x768 resolution (some if the width taken away by Trilian), my LCD is running 1024x1280. Yes, 1024x1280, not vice versa. I like to see a full page with readable font size on my screen when I write. That screws up the font display in some dialogs (e.g. one of our office printers), maybe that's throwing Powerpoint off as well.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2006-02-20

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