How to Make PowerPoint Notes Invisible During Presentations


The Notes pane in Microsoft PowerPoint is a handy place to type talking points and other information so that you can reference them when giving a presentation. However, it doesn't look too professional when your viewers can read your notes as they watch your presentation. To remedy this situation, take advantage of the Presenter View feature in PowerPoint. This feature lets you view your presentation with your speaker’s notes on one monitor, while hiding your notes from your audience as the presentation plays on another monitor.

Step 1
Connect your computer to a second monitor.
Step 2
Open the PowerPoint presentation you would like to edit.
Step 3
Click “Use Presenter View” in the Monitors group on the Slide Show tab. PowerPoint displays the Display Settings pane of the Windows Control Panel.
Step 4
Click the “Monitor” tab in the Display Settings pane.
Step 5
Click the monitor icon that represents the monitor you want to use to view your presentation. This is the monitor where your presentation notes will be displayed.
Step 6
Click the check box next to “This is my main monitor.” If the check box is already selected, proceed to the next step.
Step 7
Click the monitor icon for the monitor on which you want your notes to be invisible. This will be the monitor where your audience watches your presentation.
Step 8
Click “Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor.” Click “OK.” Your second monitor should now appear in the Show On list in the Monitors group on the Slide Show tab.
Step 9
Click “Slide Show” in the Presentation Views group on the View tab to play your presentation.

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