Present on a separate display

Present on a separate display

If you want to show your presentation on a separate screen, you can a connect a projector or an Apple TV with AirPlay to your computer. The presentation plays on the connected display, and your computer shows the presenter display. You can set the presenter display to show any combination of Slides, presenter notes, a clock, and a timer.

If you’re using Apple TV and are mirroring your display, you won’t see the presenter display on your Mac.

Present on a separate display

  1. Connect an external display to your computer with Airplay or a video adapter.

  2. Click Present on a separate display in the toolbar on your Mac.

    Your presentation begins to play, and Keynote on your Mac switches to the presenter display. The presentation plays on the other screen.

    A red bar appears across the top of the presenter display while a build or transition is playing. (In a side-by-side layout, when the next slide doesn’t immediately appear, a slide transition or build is still playing on the current slide. The next slide appears only when the presentation is ready to advance.)

  3. Press the Right Arrow key or Space bar to advance to the next build or slide.

  4. To customize the presenter display with different items and a different layout, click Present on a separate display.

  5. Press the Esc key to exit the presentation.

To quickly switch the Slideshow display (where the presentation plays) and presenter display, press X on the keyboard.

Present with three or more displays

If you have two or more external displays connected to your Mac, you can specify which one plays your presentation. The other displays become presenter displays, and you can customize their layout.

  1. Connect two or more external displays to your computer.

  2. Click Present on a separate display in the toolbar on your Mac.

    Your presentation begins to play on one of the external displays. The other external displays and your Mac become presenter displays.

  3. To change what appears on the displays, click Present on a separate display in any presenter display, click Configure below each display, then do any of the following:

    • Show the presentation on the display: Click Show Slideshow.

    • Stop playing the presentation on the display: Click Show Presenter Display.

    • Change the items on a presenter display: In the list that appears, choose any combination of options to set what appears on the display.

      For example, while your audience views the Slideshow on one display, you can view your presenter notes on the primary display and the current and next Slides on a third display.

    • Modify the layout of items on a presenter display: Click Customize Presenter Display, then make changes.

  4. Click Done.

When you click Present on a separate display, thumbnail images of up to six connected displays are shown. The primary presenter display has a star next to its name and the label Primary Display. It also has the presenter display toolbar and the slide navigator, which lets you jump to a different slide.

Customize the presenter display

You can select which items appear in the presenter display, and you can modify its layout.

  • Click Present on a separate display in the upper-right corner of the presenter display.

    If a list of options appears: To show or hide items on the screen, select or deselect the options, then click Present on a separate display to continue playing the presentation. To modify the layout of items on the screen, click Customize Presenter Display, then perform any of the operations described next.

    Present on a separate display

    If the Customize Presenter Display dialog appears: Do any of the following, then click OK (or press Esc) to continue playing the presentation:

    • Show or hide items: Select or deselect items in the dialog.

    • Move an item in the presenter display: Drag it.

      When you drag a slide, its label always moves with it. To position a label independently of the slide, drag only the label. To drag multiple items simultaneously, Command-click or Shift-click to select them, then drag.

    • Resize an item in the presenter display: Drag any selection handle.

      The clock, timer, and labels are always resized proportionally from their centers.

      To resize and maintain the proportions of a slide, the Presenter Notes window, or the Ready to Advance Indicator, hold down Shift as you drag. To resize one of these from its center, hold down Option as you drag. To proportionally resize one of these items from its center, hold down Shift and Option as you drag.

    • Automatically position the items in the presenter display: Click Use Auto Layout in the dialog.

    Present on a separate display

If you move or resize an item and then click Present on a separate display, the Customize Presenter Display dialog appears instead of the list of options.

You can also display the Customize Presenter Display dialog by choosing Play > Customize Presenter Display (from the Play menu at the top of your screen).

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