Chapter 26. Preparing and Delivering a Live Presentation

It's show time! Well, actually, I hope for your sake that it is not time for the show this very instant, because things will go much more smoothly if you can practice using PowerPoint's slide-show controls before you have to go live.

Presenting your slide show can be as simple or as complex as you make it. At the most basic level, you can start the show, move through it slide-by-slide with simple mouse-clicks or key presses, and then end the show. However, to take advantage of PowerPoint's extra slide-show features, you should spend a little time studying the following sections.


The first part of this chapter assumes that you are showing your presentation on a PC that has PowerPoint 2010 installed; sections later in this chapter discuss other situations.

Starting and Ending a Show

To start a show, do any of the following:

  • In the Start Slide Show group on the Slide Show tab, click either From Beginning or From Current Slide.

  • Click the Slide Show View button in the bottom-right corner of the screen (to begin from the current slide).

  • Press F5 (to begin from the beginning).

  • Press Shift+F5 (to begin from the current slide).

Once the show is under way, you can control the movement from slide to ...

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