PowerPoint: See Speaker Notes in Presenter View

Learn how to use Presenter View in Microsoft PowerPoint. It is a feature that can greatly help you in delivering a better presentation. You can also see your Speaker Notes in this view.

Making a good presentation is an art. Practice makes a man perfect.

These two are important points to remember if you intend to become a successful presenter. Even the best of presenters do practice and rehearse before the big show. So, there is no doubt that it is practice, practice and practice that will help you deliver good presentation and steal the show.

But don’t think that help is not available! Microsoft PowerPoint has a number of helpful features that can assist you during presentation. The best among these features is the Presenter View.

This is how you enable Presenter View

Presenter View works when your computer is attached to two monitors (an overhead projector is also considered as a monitor). When you switch on the Presenter View –you and your viewers will see different things. While your viewers will only see your presentation on projector screen –you’ll have the luxury of viewing a lot information on your screen. This extra information will be helpful for you during presentation.

Presenter and audience see different things on their respective screens. Image courtesy: Microsoft Office website

In Presenter View, you’ll see Speaker Notes, thumbnails of slides to come and slides that you have gone past.

Presenter View in PowerPoint. Image courtesy: Microsoft Office website

With respect to the above image, following are the components of a Presenter View:

  1. Current slide number and total number of slides
  2. Current slide being viewed by your audience
  3. Your speaker’s notes (you make these notes while making the slides)
  4. Button for going to the previous slide
  5. Pen or highlighter
  6. Click to display a menu that enables you to end the show, darken or lighten the audience screen, or go to a specific slide number
  7. Button for going the next slide
  8. Time for how long you have been speaking, in hours and minutes
  9. Slide thumbnails that you can click to skip a slide or to return to a slide that you have already presented


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