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Screen sharing a PowerPoint presentation Follow

There are three methods you can use to screen share a PowerPoint presentation in a Zoom meeting. If you have dual monitors, you can share a slide show while viewing presenter's notes in another monitor. If you have a single monitor, you can also start the slide show in a window so you have access to other meeting features while sharing your presentation.

This article covers:

Dual monitors with slide show and presenter's views

Follow these steps if you are using multiple monitors and want to present your PowerPoint in one monitor, while viewing the presenter's notes in another monitor.

  1. Open the PowerPoint file you want to present.
  2. Start or join a Zoom meeting.
  3. Click Share Screen  in the meeting controls.
  4. Select your primary monitor then click Share. If you are not sure which monitor is your primary, select the one that PowerPoint opens in.
  5. Switch back to Powerpoint and click the Slide Show tab. 
  6. Begin the presentation by selecting the Play from Start or Play from Current Slide options. 
    If you correctly shared your primary monitor, participants will see the PowerPoint in slide show view. The green border indicates the monitor you are currently sharing.

    The presenter's view will appear on your secondary monitor. Use this to view your slide notes and control the presentation.
  7. If you are not sharing the correct monitor, click Swap Displays. PowerPoint will switch the monitor that is used for slide show view.
    Alternatively, you can click New Share on your screen share controls and select the screen showing the PowerPoint in slide show view.

Single monitor setup with slide show view in a window

Follow these steps if you have a single monitor and want to share your PowerPoint presentation in slide show view, but have it contained in a window rather than in full screen. This is useful if you need to access meeting features, such as in-meeting chat or managing participants, while sharing your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Open the PowerPoint file you want to present.
  2. Click the Slide Show tab and then select Set Up Slide Show.
  3. Under Show type, select Browsed by an individual (window) and then click OK.
  4. Switch back to Powerpoint and click the Slide Show tab. 
  5. Begin the presentation by selecting the Play from Start or Play from Current Slide options. 
    PowerPoint will display the slide show in a window.
  6. In Zoom, start or join a meeting.
  7. Click Share Screen  in the meeting controls.
  8. Select the PowerPoint window and then click Share.

Note: Be sure you select the PowerPoint window, not the entire screen. Sharing the PowerPoint window only will allow you to use other features without interrupting the view of the presentation. 

Single-monitor setup with slide show in full screen

  1. Open the PowerPoint file you want to present.
  2. Start or join a Zoom meeting.
  3. Click Share Screen  in the meeting controls.
  4. Select your monitor then click Share
  5. Switch back to Powerpoint and click the Slide Show tab. 
  6. Begin the presentation by selecting the Play from Start or Play from Current Slide options. 
    The green border indicates the monitor you are currently sharing.