Have you ever been giving a presentation and you have been asked a question which has required you to temporarily divert from the topic of the slide you are showing?
Have you ever wanted to engage your audience in discussion and not wanted them to be distracted by your last slide
So what do you do? Well I’ve seen all sorts of creative solutions including putting the lens cap on the projector or propping a piece of card up over the lens. Neither of these is ideal, nor are they good for the health of your projector but fear not – PowerPoint has the solution built in but most people don’t know that it even exists.
The secret is simple. If you want to blank the screen simply press “B” on your keyboard and the screen will instantly go dark. To return to the presentation press “B” again and voila, you are back exactly where you left off.
It’s that simple.
NB: if you press “W” you get a white screen” and can toggle between this and your presentation by pressing “W” again. I’m not sure why anyone would want a white screen but the boffins at Microsoft thought you might so they built it in for you too.
This is a simple tip but it makes your job as a presenter much easier.