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A few people have asked about good ways to share their PowerPoint slides when facilitating in Zoom so that they can still use the chat and participant panels without them overlapping their slides.
I do this by having PowerPoint run in a window, rather than full screen, and then I can have the panels open as well as the control bar and the annotation toolbar if I'm using it. And it means that any annotations from attendees aren't covered by the open panels.
This is a screengrab of how the screen could be setup as an example:
To do this in PowerPoint: on the ribbon, click the Slide Show menu.
Then Set up slide show.
There are various options to explore and experiment with.
Click Browsed by an individual (window).
Then run your presentation and adjust the window size and location to suit your setup and facilitation needs. In Zoom you then just share PowerPoint and all is good! Top tip, don't make the window size too small otherwise it will look blurry for participants.
This is how I usually run my Zoom sessions – with the panels handy as well as my facilitator guide on one side of the screen. It means I can see engagement easily, and have my annotation toolbar on permanently and ready to use, without it being in the way. I have a bigger screen, so I can also have polls and breakout panels open and ready, but that's just a little bonus.
This setup does mean I'm not seeing any PowerPoint notes, however I use a separate facilitator guide, so that doesn't worry me. There are other options if this isn't right for you, look at this community post.
Over to you
How do you do your screensharing in Zoom? What tips do you have?
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