Presenting a detailed PowerPoint slide show can be overwhelming. You might forget to mention key points of your presentation or may deliver it without proper order. Using speaker notes on PowerPoint will help you remember your talking points during your presentation. This guide shows you how to add speaker notes to a presentation in all versions of PowerPoint. There are two ways to add Speaker notes to a presentation:
- Adding speaker notes using the Normal View
- Adding speaker notes using the Status Bar
Add speaker notes using Normal View
- After opening your presentation, go to the Ribbon Bar and select the View tab in the top menu.
- Select Normal View.
- A panel will appear at the bottom of the screen with the prompt “Click to add notes.” Click on it and type your notes.
Option 2: Add speaker notes using the status bar
- Open a slide and check the status bar at the bottom of the window for the Notes tab.
- The panel will open, and you can type in your speaker notes.
Note: Each slide has its own Speaker notes.
How to view Speaker Notes during a presentation
The notes added in the Speaker Notes Panel can be viewed during a presentation using the Presenter View option. Follow these steps to launch Presenter View:
- Click on the Slideshow tab on the Ribbon bar.
- In the “Monitors” section, select Use Presenter View.
- Let’s start our presentation and see how our speaker notes look like in the Presenter View. While still in the Slideshow tab, go to the “Start Slide Show” section (on the left) and select From Beginning. Check that Presenter View is enabled and start the slideshow with From Begining option.
- The slideshow will run while showing speaker notes on the primary computer.
You can also activate Presenter View during your presentation:
- After starting your slideshow, right-click anywhere on your slide. Then, select Presenter View from the drop-down list.
- While in Presenter View, the Speaker Notes appear alongside the Slide Show.
Note: Speaker Notes are read-only in Presenter View, and therefore you cannot edit what’s written. The presenter can only change the text size to make it easier to read while giving the presentation.