Sometimes you might want to display your presentation in Slide Show view in a way that doesn’t take up the entire screen. For example, let’s say that you are delivering a presentation and want to switch between applications. (You can press Alt + Tab, but that’s a little clunky and if you have many applications open, it can get confusing.)
There’s an easy way to accomplish this:
- In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, click the Slide Show tab and choose Set Up Slide Show. In PowerPoint 2003, choose Slide Show> Set Up Show.
- In the Set Up Show dialog box, in the Show Type section, choose Browsed by an Individual (Window).
- Click OK.
- Go into Slide Show view. Instead of taking up the entire screen, your presentation is in a resizable window. You can easily switch among other applications
To switch back to full screen, choose the Presented by a Speaker (Full Screen) option in the same dialog box.
There’s another, quicker option for when you aren’t delivering a presentation but just want to check animation and navigation. This option displays a quarter-size slide show view. For more information, see my tip on that topic.