Using the Keynote Presenter Display

When giving a presentation with Keynote you can use the display on your MacBook to show you more than what the rest of the room sees on the main display. You can see the next slide, the time, and use tools to jump to slides and pause the presentation. You can also view your slide notes.

Comments: 18 Responses to “Using the Keynote Presenter Display”

    Lance Rosenthal
    6 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial. Is it possible to have the presenter display in a window so it doesn’t take up the entire screen on the presenter computer?

      6 years ago

      There’s no function for that, as far as I know.

        Ken C.
        6 years ago

        I’d be thrilled if Keynote didn’t take up the entire screen, it’s beyond a pain, especially if you need to do some work in the background, in my case do some recording with Garageband and keep the slides going.

    Tripp Frohlichstein
    6 years ago

    I am a presenter and switch between video and slides. Therefore, I have to use mirroring. If I use Powerpoint, I still see the presenter display on MY screen. But with Keynote, I do not. Is there any way to use the presenter screen when using mirroring (since it works with Powerpoint)? Apple geniuses are befuddled by this…something Powerpoint does on a Mac that Keynote doesn’t and don’t know of a solution.

      Kerry Millerick
      6 years ago

      You can drag and drop the *videos* into your slideshow, so you will not have to drop out of Keynote in mid-presentation. If you don’t know when in your presentation you will need to see them, you can jump to your “video slides” out of sequence. (See Gary’s tip)

        Tripp Frohlichstein
        6 years ago

        Thanks Kerry. I do use videos in different orders depending on the audience. The problem is video controls in Keynote are more limiting than Quicktime. I appreciate the thought but am still wondering if there might be some hidden setting to make Keynote as good as Powerpoint when it comes to the presenter display.

    Jeremy
    6 years ago

    Is there a way to see this presenter view without currently having a second screen connected?

    Stacy
    6 years ago

    Is there a way to add on text while in presentation mode such that what I am typing in the presenter display is shown immediately onto the presenter’s screen.

      6 years ago

      No, I don’t think so. You edit in edit mode and present in presentation mode. You could always switch to another app, like a text editor or whiteboard app, and then switch back.

    Brett
    6 years ago

    Gary, do you know of a way to disable advancing to the next screen using the mouseclick? I want to only advance by using the hyperlinks I’ve built into the presentation. Thank you!

      6 years ago

      Click on Setup a d go to Presentation setup. Look for Presentation Type. Set it to Links Only.

    Mike
    6 years ago

    In presenter display mode, when you ESC to fix something or to work on something else, a default screen comes on (Galaxy pic). How can one change this background?

      6 years ago

      Do you mean the desktop background? You change that in System Preferences, Desktop & Background.

    James
    6 years ago

    I need a way (today!) to see my slide thumbnails on the presenter display and then show them in a non linear order based on audience need. Any Mac OS application for that or ipad app?

      6 years ago

      Look for the “Show Navigator” button in the upper left when presenting. You can also have it appear by using the preference (Show slideshow navigator when scrolling).

        August Berkshire
        6 years ago

        When I hit Show Navigator it also shows the Navigator on the screen. How do I set it so that only I see it?

          6 years ago

          Not sure if you can. Play around with the settings and try different things. But you may just have to use it as it is.

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