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The Powerpoint Pen

Did you know you can write on PowerPoint slides during a presentation?

Two ways to activate the pen: 1) While presenting, right-click and select Pointer options.

The right-click menu during a Powerpoint presentation includes a menu of Pointer options.

or 2) While presenting, move your cursor to the bottom-left of the screen. Some buttons will be overlayed on the slide, and one of these gives you the pointer options menu.

The Powerpoint pen and other pointer tools can be selected with a button in the lower left overlay.

While you are using the pen, clicking on a slide will not advance the presentation, so use the keyboard (e.g. the arrow keys) to advance.

Shortcut keys: E will erase all annotations from the slide. ctrl-M will alternately hide and show the annotations.

If you advance to another slide, your annotations will still be there when you return. When you close the slide show, you choose whether or not to save the annotations. 

Writing on screen with a mouse can be uncomfortable, so consider using: a graphics tablet (a device that plugs into a PC like a mouse) or a tablet PC (a laptop with pen-sensitive screen). For more details, see Steven Myers' case study "Digital Pen Technology in Lecture Presentations".

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