Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Tricks for Making Presentations a Little Livelier
Markings aren’t permanent, although you can keep them. At the end of
a presentation in which you have marked on slides, a dialog box asks
whether you want to keep or discard your markings. Click the Keep or
Discard button. (If you prefer not to see this dialog box because you intend
never to keep your markings, go to the File tab and choose Options. In the
PowerPoint Options dialog box, select the Advanced category and deselect
the Prompt to Keep Ink Annotations When Exiting check box.)
Blanking the screen
Here’s a technique for adding a little drama to a presentation: When you
want the audience to focus on you, not the PowerPoint screen, blank the
screen. Make an all-black or all-white screen appear where a PowerPoint
slide used to be. Every head in the audience will turn your way and listen
keenly to what you have to say next. I sure hope you have something
important to say.
Follow these instructions to blank out the screen during a presentation:
✦ Black screen: Press B, the period key, or right-click and choose
Screen ➪ Black Screen.
✦ White screen: Press W, the comma key, or right-click and choose
Screen ➪ White Screen.
To see a PowerPoint slide again, click on-screen or press any key on the
Yet another way to add pizazz to a presentation is to zoom in on slides.
To draw the audience’s attention to part of a slide, you can magnify it by
following these steps:
1. Click the Zoom button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
You can also right-click and choose Zoom In. The pointer changes to a
2. Move to and click the part of a slide you want the audience to focus on.
3. Press Esc.