How to Use the Presenter View in Google Slides

Google Slides, like PowerPoint, has different presentation modes that could come in handy when you’re presenting. In this new Google Slides tutorial, you’ll learn about these and their respective settings.

Presentation Modes

  • There are three presentation modes in Google Slides.
  • If you click the “Present” button or press Ctrl/Cmd + F5, your presentation will start without any speaker notes. This is the most usual and the simplest.
  • Next to the “Present” button there’s a drop-down arrow. Click it to display different options:
Present drop-down menu in Google Slides
Present drop-down menu

- Presenter view: In this mode, you’ll be able to see the speaker notes, check the timer and adjust other settings, such as questions from the audience. For more information about the speaker notes, please refer to this Google Slides tutorial.

Presenter view in Google Slides
Presenter view

- Present from beginning (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + F5): Your presentation will begin from the first slide.

Present from beginning in Google Slides
Present from beginning

- Present on another screen: Your presentation will be shown on a different screen via a media display device, such as Chromecast. This option will be available only if there’s another screen available. 

Present on another screen in Google Slides
Present on another screen
  • Choose the desired mode according to your needs.

Presenter View

The presenter view offers several options and settings. Let’s check them out:

Presenter view options in Google Slides
Presenter view options
  • Previous slide, Play, and Next slide: These buttons allow you to continue to the next slide or go back to the previous one. If you click “Play”, the slides will advance automatically (by default, every two seconds—you can change this from the “Settings” button).
Previous slide, Play, and Next slide buttons in Google Slides
Previous slide, Play, and Next slide buttons
  • List of slides: Open the list to select which slide to display.
List of slides in Google Slides
List of slides
  • Q&A: If you have the Audience Q&A option enabled, you can open its panel by clicking this button. For more information, please refer to this Google Slides tutorial.
Q&A button in Google Slides
Q&A button
  • Notes: This enables the speaker notes and makes them visible. If you click this button, you might exit fullscreen mode. To go back to fullscreen, press Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + F or click the “Fullscreen” button. For more information, please refer to this Google Slides tutorial.
Notes button in Google Slides
Notes button
  • Pointer: You’ll see a red dot on the screen, which you can move around to point out any element from your presentation.
Pointer button in Google Slides
Pointer button
  • Captions: If you have a mic, you can enable captions. Click the drop-down arrow to adjust the size of the text and its position on the screen.
Captions button in Google Slides
Captions button
  • Tips: If you click this button, a window will pop-up, containing different useful keyboard shortcuts for presenting.
Tips button in Google Slides
Tips button
  • Full screen: Click this button to enter or exit fullscreen mode.
Full screen button in Google Slides
Full screen button
  • Settings: Click to access several options, such as adjusting the auto advance time, opening the speaker notes or downloading the presentation in different formats.
Settings button in Google Slides
Settings button
  • Exit: Click “EXIT” to finish the presentation or just press Esc.
Exit button in Google Slides
Exit button