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Rehearsing the Presentation

Practicing a presentation allows you to work out timing and flow issues, as well as grow more comfortable with your slides. When giving your Keynote presentation, you have the option of using the presenter display. This arrangement places a timer, speaker notes, and other useful information such as the next slide all on one screen. You can practice your presentation and simulate the presenter display even without a projector hooked up.

  1. Choose Keynote > Preferences to open the Preferences dialog.
  2. Click the Presenter Display icon to display the Presenter Display pane.
  3. Enable any of the following options that you find useful:
    • Alternate Display—Shows the presenter’s view on a laptop or second computer monitor (not the projector)

    • Show Current Slide—Displays the active slide

    • Show Next Slide—Shows the next build or slide in the presentation

    • Show Notes—Displays any speaker notes if you have added them

    • Show Clock—Shows the current time of day

    • Show Timer—Counts down from a specific time (if you have a limit) or shows how much time has passed since the start of your presentation

    • Show Ready to Advance indicator—A green bar means the next build or animation is loaded and ready for playback. A red bar means you should wait before clicking.

  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. In the slide navigator, select slide 1.
  6. Choose View > Rehearse Slideshow.

    You can now rehearse your slides. Click the Spacebar to advance the presentation.

  7. When finished, press the Esc key to exit the rehearsal.
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