Mac's Keynote (on Dual Displays)

One problem I had in class yesterday was a technical one. I use Mac’s Keynote software to put main points onto slides for the class to see. I also typed out all my (behind the scenes) notes thinking I’d be able to read from my macbook’s screen without projecting them on the class screen. But I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to get the two displays to do different things. I thought for sure I wouldn’t have a problem getting it to work, so I didn’t even try it at home, and sure enough, I ate up class time trying to figure it out. A lesson learned for sure. But even more frustrating, yet laughable at this point is that had I looked in Keynote’s help menu and typed “presentation” like I did later that afternoon, I would have seen that the 4th option down was the directions on how to fix the display and notes issue (or how to get it to work in the first place). Alas, reading the instructions do help!

While, I highly recommend using Keynote for your lectures and presentations, not only because is it super easy to use (minus this hiccup) but they look nice as well, I do recommend reading the instructions and practicing prior to doing the presentation – yes I did know better!

Here’s the instructutions just in case:

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Here’s to next time.

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Wess

...is the William R. Roger Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

2 thoughts on “Mac's Keynote (on Dual Displays)”

  1. Hi, Wess. Saw your post on The Daily Scribe!

    Yeah, I didn’t even know Keynote would allow such a dual-screen presentation until a few weeks ago. I discovered the trick just prior to preaching in a youth-oriented service on a Sunday evening. I was really proud of myself (and I was able to keep the message under the time limit I had been given). Really a cool feature of this Mac software, for sure!

    Blessings,
    Bill Lollar

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