One of the common ways to remember what you want to say or emphasize on a slide is to add speaking notes in the Notes section below a slide in PowerPoint. Then you can use the Presenter View mode to show you the slides and your notes while the audience only sees the slides. In a meeting room this is usually the default approach when you connect to a projector or screen.

Now that meetings have moved to Zoom and will be using this technology in the future, how can you use PowerPoint Presenter View in a Zoom meeting? Below you will find the answer, whether you have one or two screens and whether you use Windows or a Mac. I'll also explain why you might need three screens and how to set up that option.

 

Windows – 2 screens, option A

Summary of steps

  • Connect a second display (here are nine options for a second display) and extend your display
  • Arrange the displays in Windows and PowerPoint to match the physical setup
  • Start Presenter View in PowerPoint so the slides are on one screen and Presenter View is on the screen that has the webcam (so you are looking at the webcam while seeing your notes)
  • In Zoom share the screen that has the slides on it
  • Deliver your presentation

Full detailed article

I have an article with full details, including screen captures, on PowerPoint Presenter View with 2 screens in Windows.

Video

The steps are very similar to using 2 screens in Teams because sharing a screen is similar in Teams or Zoom. This video will show you how to set up a second screen in Windows using a monitor and give you the basic steps you need.

 

Windows - 2 screens, Option B

Why put your webcam above the screen? This article and video show you how to put the webcam between the two screens and use this setup to have your notes, Zoom videos, and chat on one screen while you slides are shared in the meeting from the other screen. The article is here and the video is below.

If you run into an issue when sharing the Slide Show window in Zoom with 2 screens, this article may help.

 

Windows – 1 screen

Summary of steps

  • Make sure the presentation is set to use full screen Slide Show
  • Start Presenter View Preview by pressing Alt+F5
  • In Zoom, share a portion of the screen from the Advanced sharing options
  • Make the current slide larger in Presenter View and adjust the sharing rectangle so you just share the current slide portion of the screen in Zoom
  • Deliver your presentation

Full detailed article

I have an article with full details, including screen captures, on PowerPoint Presenter View with 1 screen in Windows. I also have an article and video on how to smoothly transition from the gallery view into your presentation so the attendees don't see you adjusting what is shared on the screen.

Video

 

Mac – 2 screens

Summary of steps

  • Connect a second display (here are nine options for a second display) and extend your display
  • Arrange the displays in the Mac OS and PowerPoint to match the physical setup
  • Start Presenter View in PowerPoint so the slides are on one screen and Presenter View is on the screen that has the webcam (so you are looking at the webcam while seeing your notes)
  • In Zoom share the screen that has the slides on it
  • Deliver your presentation

Full detailed article

I have an article with full details, including screen captures, on PowerPoint Presenter View with 2 screens on a Mac.

Video

 

Mac – 1 screen

Summary of steps

  • Make sure the presentation is set to use full screen Slide Show
  • Start Presenter View Preview by pressing Option+Return
  • In Zoom, share a portion of the screen from the Advanced sharing options
  • Make the current slide larger in Presenter View and adjust the sharing rectangle so you just share the current slide portion of the screen in Zoom
  • Deliver your presentation

Full detailed article

I have an article with full details, including screen captures, on PowerPoint Presenter View with 1 screen on a Mac. I also have an article and video on how to smoothly transition from the gallery view into your presentation so the attendees don't see you adjusting what is shared on the screen.

Video

3 screens

If you want to see the attendees videos and chat while using Presenter View in Zoom you will need three screens to do so. I have an article with a full explanation and instructions on how to set this up and use the three screens.

Windows

In this article for using Presenter View with 3 screens in Windows I use a Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter connected to a TV to create the third screen. In the video below I use another way to connect a third screen. If you have an iPad or iPhone you can use an app called Duet Display. It is a paid app and it allows you to connect your iPad or iPhone to the laptop via a USB cable and use it as another display.

Mac

In this article for using Presenter View with 3 screens on a Mac I use an Apple TV device connected to a TV to create a third screen. In the video below I use another way to connect a third screen. If you have an iPad or iPhone you can use an app called Duet Display. It is a paid app and it allows you to connect your iPad or iPhone to the laptop via a USB cable and use it as another display.

Use Google Slides Presenter View

Google Slides can read PowerPoint files and has a Presenter View that shows the slides in a browser window and your notes and slide preview in another window. This can be an alternative if you have one screen since you can share the browser window that has the slides in Zoom or Teams so the meeting attendees see just the slides while you can see the slides and your notes. This article shows you how to use Google Slides Presenter View in Zoom or Teams and the video below shows me demonstrate these steps.