"Use Slide Show Timing and Annotations to Control Your Presentation Easily"

Setting the slide show timing allow you to automate your presentations!

Each slide in your slide show can have a different timing applied to it. For instance, the first slide may appear for 10 seconds, the second for 20 seconds, and the third for 5 seconds. That means you preset the slide timings and let the presentation run automatically.

One drawback for this is that this feature may not suitable for all presenter. For example, if you are required to do lots of explanations during the presentation process, this feature may not suitable as you cannot control the timings.

To set the slide show timing

  • From the Slide Show menu, click Rehearse Timings. From the pop-up show, the top left-hand corner of the screen a button is displayed with a clock.
  • PowerPoint rehearsal timings

  • The clock shows how long the slide has been on the screen. When you are ready to move to the next screen, click anywhere on the slide, or on the clock button.
  • When you reach the end of the presentation a dialog box is displayed telling you the total time taken for the slide show.
  • PowerPoint slide show timings

  • You will be asked if you want to record the new timings and use them in slide show view. Select Yes to record the new timings, or No to cancel them.

To see the timing for each slide

  • Switch to Slide Sorter view and the timings for each slide will be displayed below the slide.

Slide Show Annotations
The slide show annotations feature in PowerPoint allows you to write or draw anything you like freely during the slide show in order to highlight the point or grab the audiences attention.

To add annotations during a slide show

  • Begin the slide show by clicking on the Slide Show icon or just press Shift + F5.
  • Right-click anywhere in the slide to display the pop-up menu.
  • From the pop-up menu, point to Pointer Options and select either Ballpoint/Felt Tip Pen or Highlighter option from the sub-menu displayed.
  • PowerPoint slide show annotations

  • Hold down the left mouse button to write or draw anything on the screen.
  • To erase the annotations during a slide show press the E key.
  • When finished, press the Esc key to turn the feature off.

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