How to give a stylish presentation with keynote during zoom video conference

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How to give a stylish presentation with keynote during zoom video conference

Glenn Fleishman | Macworld

Keynote is a tool optimized for presentation on two screens. One screen is typically a project or large monitor, and the other is the screen of a laptop or computer placed in front of the presenter. Keynote supports a variety of tools for presenters on this second screen. Displays notes, thumbnails of previous/next slides, and elapsed time.
Keynote presentation using two common screens. The top screen is the slide content, and the bottom is a tool for presenters like notes. © IDG

However, it is not easy to properly use the keynote presentation function in a new situation where video conferencing has become commonplace. Even if you have two monitors at home, you cannot use them properly when giving presentations. In macOS’ fullscreen app mode, you can’t use Google Meat, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or any other video conferencing tool with Keynote.

For example, when using zoom, you cannot open the keynote slide deck and enter slideshow mode (Play> Play Slideshow) and share it with zoom. Instead, you have to select the window that ran the keynote slide in Zoom, use the screen sharing feature, and then go back to Keynote to start the presentation.

However, if you must use keynotes despite this hassle, the overlay function of some video conferencing apps, including zoom, can be a solution. For example, you can see the presenter in a small way while looking at the presentation. In presentation mode, press’H’ to hide the keynote and return to the previous app without turning off fullscreen mode (not Command-H).

Meanwhile, in July, Apple added a new feature related to presentation during video conferencing in its keynote. More complex and granular control is available when switching between multiple apps or when you need to maintain a videoconferencing app while giving a presentation. The tip here is to use the new presentation feature of the Keynote app for iOS/iPadOS.

Apple added a’play slideshow in Windows’ feature to Keynote. Until now, only single or dual monitor full screen mode was available, but this function allows full control from a normal window. The playback window can be reduced in size or moved to a desired location on the screen. If you share this window as a video conferencing app after starting a slideshow, you don’t need to expose all of the keynote’s interfaces as usual before starting a presentation.

If you use the’Play Slide Show in Window’ function to present in zoom, the screen becomes as clean as you use the full screen mode of Keynote. © IDG

The’Play Slide Show on Windows’ function is a normal launch window, so it’s easy to switch between apps. However, two problems still remain. To move the slide back and forth, you have to return to the window, and you don’t have any tools for the presenter. What you need at this time is a mobile app. To be precise, it is the’Keynote Remote’ function of Keynote for iPhone or iPad. It works with the Mac app (how to pair devices with the Keynote app Apple websiteRefer to). Once the two apps are paired, they can share the keynote screen. This can be used with any app that supports Windows screen sharing. The method is as follows.

  1. Open the slide deck in Keynote for Mac.
  2. Select Play>’Play Slide Show in Window’.
  3. In Zoom Meeting running on a Mac, click Share Screen, select the Keynote window in the Basic tab, and share.
  4. Now open the Keynote Remote on your iPhone or iPad, select your Mac, and hit Play. It’s already playing on a Mac, but you can control files on your Mac with the Keynote mobile app.
  5. Select the icon with two squares arranged side by side at the top and select the mode of the configuration you want, such as notes and slides. You can select’current and next’,’next and memo’, and’note only’.
The Mobile Keynote app lets you remotely control your Mac’s presentation.

Now, while using a video conferencing app, your presentations should be a lot easier. You can control the slides or check the script you need from the mobile app. You can use the full functionality of Mac Keynote without interrupting your presentation. [email protected]

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