PowerPoint presentations are a handy, practical tool in any corporate environment. When you present a problem or a plan visually, people often find it easier to remember or assimilate it. And when you combine a PowerPoint presentation with Zoom, you make business meetings even better.
But how do PowerPoint and Zoom work together exactly? Well, you can do it in three different ways. All of which we’ll cover in detail in this article.
Method 1 – Dual Monitors
One of the great things about Zoom is that the hardware equipment isn’t overpriced. Depending on the size and needs of your company, your Zoom meetings can stay as small or as big as you need them to be.
For example, if your Zoom meeting room has a dual monitor system, one screen can show the entire PowerPoint presentation full screen. While the other monitor can contain presenter’s notes or anything else that can contribute to the meeting.
Here’s how you share a PowerPoint presentation on dual monitors in Zoom:
- Select the PowerPoint file that’s on the agenda.
- Now either Start or Join a Zoom meeting.
- On the meetings controls panel, select “Share”.
- Choose the primary monitor and then select “Share” again. In case you’re not certain, which is the primary monitor, pick the one where PowerPoint opens.
- When you’re sharing the screen, start the PowerPoint slide show mode by following this route Slide Show tab>From Beginning or From Current Slide.
That’s all there is to it. However, if it turns out that the monitor you’re sharing isn’t the correct one, go to Display Settings, and click “Swap Presenter View and Slide Show”. Therefore, you don’t have to start the whole process from the beginning.
Method 2 – Single Monitor in a Window
The first method is very practical and gives you a clear view of the presentation and the presenter. But not every Zoom meeting room has dual monitors, nor does it need them. A smaller meeting room works just fine with a single monitor, and fortunately, you can share a PowerPoint slide show with just a single monitor.
Either in a window or with a full screen. The window option is very useful when it comes to multitasking while sharing a presentation. Here’s how you share a PowerPoint presentation in a window:
- Access the PowerPoint file you’re going to share.
- Select “Slide Show” tab and then “Set up Slide Show”.
- Go to “Show Type” and then choose “Browsed by an individual (window)”. Confirm selection.
- Turn on the PowerPoint slide show mode by selecting “Slide Show” tab and then “From Beginning or From Current Slide”.
- Join or start a Zoom meeting.
- In the meetings, control select “Share”.
- Click on the PowerPoint window and select “Share”.
That should do it. Now you have a PowerPoint presentation in a single window, and you can still access the in-meeting chats or any other application or file that you need for the meeting.
Method 3 – Single Monitor in Full Screen
If you’re dealing with a single-monitor situation in your Zoom meeting, and a very important PowerPoint presentation is on its way, the full-screen option is a great idea. The full screen slide show means that there’ll be no onscreen distractions. With no chatting, or opening other files, your focus stays on the presentation itself. Here’s how you make the full screen PowerPoint slide show in Zoom:
- Open the PowerPoint file you’ve prepared for the presentation.
- Join a Zoom meeting or start a new one.
- Go to meeting controls tab and select “Share”.
- Now choose your monitor and select “Share” again.
- When you begin sharing the screen, just click on the “Slide Show” tab and then “From Beginning or from Current Slide”.
And now your presentation is in full screen, and everyone can see it clearly.
Sharing Sound with Zoom
Did you know that the Zoom screen sharing feature lets you share the audio as well? That’s right. People who attend the meetings remotely can now receive both the video and audio. But the one pre-requisite is that you have to use Zoom for Desktop for Windows or Mac.
Therefore, if you want to share a YouTube clip, for example, you just have to click “Share Computer Sound”. However, there is one disadvantage. You can’t share the computer sound when the meeting is shared on multiple screens at the same time. It only works when one screen at a time is being shared. Still, it’s a pretty useful feature.
Present Your Work More Efficiently with Zoom
PowerPoint slide shows have been around forever. Once you figure out how to make the most of them, the sky is the limit. It’s one of the most creative software options from Microsoft Office. In comparison, Zoom is new. But it’s taken the corporate world by the storm. The company emphasized that it “just works”, and what more can you ask from a tool that is designed to make work meetings run smoothly? Time is the most precious commodity, and PowerPoint, together with Zoom helps you make significant savings in this regard.
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