How to Use the Google Slides Presenter Toolbar

Giving presentations can be nerve-wracking. You have to grab the audience’s attention, smoothly transition between slides, and field questions – all while appearing cool, calm and collected.

Luckily, Google Slides offers presenters a helpful toolbar that makes delivering presentations much easier. Read on to learn how to access and utilize the Google Slides presenter toolbar.

Access the Presenter Toolbar

The first step is entering Presenter View. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  2. Click “View” in the top menu.
  3. Select “Present” from the dropdown menu. This will launch your slideshow.

Once you have entered Presenter View:

  1. Hover your mouse cursor over the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. The transparent presenter toolbar will appear.

Pro Tip: For easy access, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+F to toggle between Presenter View and regular editing view.

Navigate Slides

The main functionality of the presenter toolbar is slide navigation. Here are the key features:

  • Arrows: Click the left and right arrow buttons to navigate backward and forward between slides.
  • Slide Previews: Click the slide number in the center of the toolbar to preview thumbnails of all slides. Then select the slide you want to jump to.

Utilize Handy Tools

Click the three dot icon on the right side of the toolbar to access additional options:

  • Speaker Notes: Open a separate window showing your speaker notes for each slide.
  • Laser Pointer: Turn your mouse cursor into a laser pointer to draw the audience’s attention.
  • Autoplay Timings: Set slides to advance automatically after a specified time duration.

Engage the Audience

Connecting with your listeners is a vital part of any presentation. The presenter toolbar enables features to better interact with your crowd:

  • Q&A: Launch a moderated Q&A session allowing viewers to submit questions.
  • Live Captions: Automatically generate captions of your speech in English.
  • Short Link: Display a URL viewers can visit to submit questions or feedback.

Enhance the Presentation Display

For the best delivery, utilize display options:

  • Present to External Screen: Wirelessly cast your presentation to a separate monitor or projector.
  • Enter Fullscreen: Make the slideshow fill the entire screen by pressing F11.
  • Show Blank Screen: Briefly display a black screen by pressing B. Press any key to resume slides.

Customize Your Experience

Tailor the presenter toolbar to your personal preferences:

  • Move Position: Drag the toolbar to any edge of the screen for convenience.
  • Reduce Opacity: Lower the toolbar’s opacity so it blends into your slides.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts: Print a reference sheet of handy keyboard shortcuts.

Prepare Like a Pro

With the Google Slides presenter toolbar, you have all the tools needed for a smooth and professional presentation. Follow these best practices:

  • Practice Run Through: Rehearse with the toolbar enabled to get comfortable.
  • Review Speaker Notes: Add detailed notes to keep your narrative engaging.
  • Time Transitions: Use autoplay to keep your talk moving seamlessly.
  • Expect Questions: Prepare answers for likely FAQs around your topic.

Giving presentations can induce stress. But mastering the Google Slides presenter toolbar will help build confidence to calmly command the room!