Many users of PowerPoint, or any other presentation software, only know the fundamental features of those applications such as creating a nice presentation document and running slide-shows with fancy transition effects. It is quite unfortunate that many trainers forget to teach their powerpoint class about the importance of using Speaker Notes in their presentations.
Speaker Notes are an important tool in ensuring a smooth presentation of your work. Your presentation can be presented by another speaker as he will be able to know what to say when every slide in the presentation appears. They are a short paragraph that reminds the speaker of the contents of the current slide in the slide-show. The most interesting thing about them is the fact that they are not viewable by the audience during a presentation.
There are two simple ways to add speaker notes to a powerpoint slide. I will show you the simplest:
Adding notes in powerpoint using the Notes pane
Click on the Notes pane to position your cursor there and type your notes in the field. In case you want to add a new paragraph to your notes, just hit enter and type the new paragraph.
You can increase the size of the Notes Pane in case you want to enter more text or otherwise reduce its size.
Click on the boundary between the Notes Pane and the slide and drag while holding down your mouse button.
Adding Speaker Notes in powerpoint using the Notes Page
The other way to add notes to your slide involves:
Click on the View tab from powerpoint’s Menu bar.
Select Notes Page button and click on it to view the window below. This shows the current slide and a text area on which you can enter your notes.
Click on the Notes Pane below the slide and type your notes.
You can scroll up or down using the scroll bar to go to the other Slides in your presentation document.
Click on the Home tab on the Menu Bar to return to the original view of your presentation document. This allows you to continue editing your Slides but your notes will still be viewable on the Notes Pane.
The second method is often used when you want to concentrate more on notes. This is because a bigger area is given for you to enter more notes.
The Notes Pane can still be re-sized by clicking on a handle and dragging it in either direction.