- Click slide thumbnails out of sequence to create a custom display on the fly.
- Preview the next slide (or the next list item).
- View speaker notes.
- Black out the screen and resume the presentation later, where you left off.
- You need multiple monitor capability. Most newer desktop and laptop computers come with two video cards to support multiple monitors.
- The computer must run Windows 98 or later. In addition, your service packs should be up to date.
- You must enable multiple monitor support by clicking Display in the Control Panel (or by right-clicking your monitor and choosing Properties). If you see two monitor icons, you're set. If not, you must insert your secondary display adapter and connect to a second monitor. To learn more about setting up multiple monitors, search in Windows Help on "multiple monitor capability."
- You must enable Presenter View.
- In PowerPoint, choose Set Up Show from the Slide Show menu.
- Check the Show Presenter View option in the Multiple Monitors section. PowerPoint will disable this option until you enable multiple monitors.
- From the Display Slide Show On drop-down list, select the monitor you want to display the presentation.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.