Chapter 20. Preparing for 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 the 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 2007 installed; sections later in this chapter discuss other situations.

Starting and Ending a Show

To start a show, do any of the following:

  • Click the Slide Show View button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  • On the View tab, click Slide Show.

  • Press F5.

  • Press Shift+F5

These methods are not all exactly alike. For example, if you click the Slide Show View button in the bottom-right corner, or press Shift+F5, the first slide to appear is the currently selected one in PowerPoint. If you click the Slide Show button on the ...

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