Customize Presenter View
Presenter View is an essential tool of Powerpoint helping us present with notes, a timer, a preview, and a slide overview. But many things remain to be improved. Join me in pushing for the following essential features and bug fixes.
1) Allow customization. Not everybody needs the same things from the Presenter View. Allow users to activate/inactivate elements to their needs.
2) Create a couple additional widgets for the Presenter View that fit less frequent user requirements like a countdown timer to end at a specific time, a slides left counter, a centralized notes field to be saved with the 1st slide of the presentation rather than a specific slide. Add your own suggestions in the comments below.
3) Sections are a great tool to segment a long presentation. Alas, they are hidden in Presenter View. You have to improvise with a blank slide to highlight where sections end. It would be so much easier if they were shown for example by a colored line between slides in the slide overview at the bottom of Presenter View.
4) As you advance through a presentation the current slides will be shown as the rightmost slide in the slide overview. That is the wrong position. When in a presentation you want to see what lies ahead. The slide overview should always be centered on the current slide, showing the next couple of slides without having to scroll.
5) Reduce the amount of unused screen real estate. Why the huge black areas? More of this should be used to enlarge the elements currently present in the Presenter View.
6) The first line of the notes fields is not shown by default. It should be of course as it is the most important line. It's silly to have to scroll up to see it every time. See this bug report: http://bit.ly/2eFvdXk.
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Bob Jones, MVP commented
2 suggestions for Presenter View:
1. Enable toggling the thumbnails on/off and/or have them automatically collapse unles positioning the pointer at the bottom of the window, and
2. Put the Next Slide below the Current Slide allowing the right portion of the window to be dedicated to Notes.
Bob Jones, MVP commented
Just in case you hadn't noticed, you can drag the horizontal line that separates the Notes pane from the Next Slide pane & you can drag the vertical line that separates them from the Current Slide pane. The size of the Current & Next slides will automatically scale accordingly.
In the older versions of powerpoint, the "presenter view" allowed the presenter to adjust the size of the slides as viewed on the presenter's computer. With the latest version, the size of the slide is fixed - and SMALL. This is devastating to people like myself who are visually impaired and have been using powerpoint in professional settings for many years.
Presentation View disappears and I cannot configure which monitor the presentation viewer is on, only the audience view monitor.
Derek @ Microsoft commented
Thanks for your feedback! With PowerPoint for Mac 2016, we do remember where you positioned all the elements in Presenter View, so you shouldn't have to reposition them each time. While you currently cannot fully hide the speaker notes, you can drag the pane over to make it much smaller, and that setting will persist.
The presenter view interface should be customisable so that meeting notes can be permanently disabled for a document, to allow more space for speaker notes. Currently each time presenter view is launched on a document the layout defaults to standard and the boxes and to be repositioned to allow all speaker notes to be read.