Keynote offers a wealth of tools built specifically for people who deliver presentations live. It’s all executed through the app’s dual-screen mode, which shows your slideshow on an external display simultaneously with a number of tools on your Mac. These assists can be as simple as showing you what’s on the next slide, or a readout for how much time has passed since you started the presentation. It also includes an indicator for when the slide animations have finished, which is incredibly useful for avoiding messy slide transitions. The app’s Presenter tools really excel when you start customising them. This includes not just toggling certain assists on and off, but also resizing and rearranging them on screen. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Show notes
When you’re delivering the presentation you’ll want some cue cards to prompt you. Start by clicking on the menu bar and selecting Show Presenter Notes.
Step 2: Jot down
Using the text box at the bottom of the screen, write down any notes that you think you’ll need. Repeat this for all the slides in your deck.
Step 3: Find your tools
Once done, it’s time to look at what you’ll be seeing during the presentation. Click on Play in the menu bar, followed by Customize Presenter Display.
Step 4: Toggle notes
You will be taken to a new screen that shows the current layout of your Presenter tools. To see your notes for each slide, tick the matching checkbox.
Step 5: Ready to advance
If you’re using animations to bring in slide content, tick Ready to Advance Indicator to see a prompt at the top of the screen when they’ve all finished.
Step 6: Clock watching
By default, a digital clock will sit underneath your current slide. It’s a simple, but crucial tool for keeping track of time if you’ve started early or late.
Step 7: Timekeeping
The other readout shows how much time has passed since you started. Tick the second checkbox to show a countdown if you’re prone to waffling on.
Step 8: Move around
Rearrange the Presenter tools as you see fit, either by dragging them across the screen or using the arrow symbol in the bottom-right corner to resize them.
Step 9: Rehearse
When you’re finished, hit Done to save preferences. You can now practice with the tools by clicking Play in the menu bar, followed by Rehearse Slideshow.
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