Once your slide show is complete, you’ll need to learn how to present it to an audience. PowerPoint offers several tools and features to help make your presentation smooth, engaging, and professional.

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Watch the video below to learn more about presenting your slide show.

Presenting a slide show

Before you present your slide show, you’ll need to think about the type of equipment that will be available for your presentation. Many presenters use projectors during presentations, so you might want to consider using one as well. This allows you to control and preview Slides on one monitor while presenting them to an audience on another screen.

To start a slide show:

There are several ways you can begin your presentation:

  • Click the Start From Beginning command on the Quick Access Toolbar, or press the F5 key at the top of your keyboard. The presentation will appear in full-screen mode.
    Presenting Your Slide Show
  • Select the Slide Show view command at the bottom of the powerpoint window to begin a presentation from the current slide.
    Presenting Your Slide Show
  • Go to the Slide Show tab on the Ribbon to access even more options. From here, you can start the presentation from the current slide and access advanced presentation options.
    Presenting Your Slide Show

To advance and reverse Slides:

You can advance to the next slide by clicking your mouse or pressing the spacebar on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can use or arrow keys on your keyboard to move forward or backward through the presentation.

You can also hover your mouse over the bottom-left and click the arrows to move forward or backward.

Presenting Your Slide Show

To stop a slide show:

You can exit presentation mode by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can click the Slide Show Options button in the bottom-left and select End Show.

Presenting Your Slide Show

The presentation will also end after the last slide. You can click the mouse or press the spacebar to return to Normal view.

Presenting Your Slide Show
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