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How to View Two PowerPoint Presentations at the Same Time

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Have you ever wanted to view two PowerPoint presentations at the same time on a single monitor?

Maybe you needed to:

Present different translations of the same PowerPoint presentation in ‘Presentation Mode’ on a single screen for multiple audiences

View two (or more) PowerPoint presentations side-by-side in ‘Presentation Mode’ to compare them

View a PowerPoint presentation on half of your screen in ‘Presentation Mode’, while using the other half to type notes (this way you can double-check all of the hyperlink navigational features within your presentation)

 Viewing two presentations at the same time isn’t hard, it just isn’t super intuitive if you’ve never done it before. Below is both a video and written PowerPoint tutorial for quickly pulling this trick off.

In a nutshell

Here's how to display two PowerPoint presentations at the same time:

  1. Open the Set Up Slide Show Dialog Box
  2. Select 'Browsed by and individual (window)'
  3. Run your slide show and resize
  4. Repeat and resize your other presentations

Video tutorial

Step by step

Step #1: Open the Set Up Slide Show Dialog Box

Navigate to the Slide Show Tab in your Ribbon, and select the Set Up Slide Show command to launch the Setup Slide Show dialog box.

Two PowerPoint Presentations - Custom Slide Show

Step #2: Select 'Browsed by an individual (window)'

Within the Setup Slide Show Dialog box, you have a number of options for running your slide show. On the left hand side of the dialog box, you want to change the default behavior from ‘Presented by a speaker (full screen)’ to ‘Browsed by an individual (window).'

Two PowerPoint Presentations - Set Up Custom Slide Show

Then close the Setup Slide Show Dialog box to return to the Normal View of your presentation.

Step #3: Run your slide show and resize it

With that simple selection made, you can launch the presentation in ‘Presentation Mode’ by hitting F5 on your keyboard, and the presentation will launch in a normal, re-sizable window with the Minimize, Restore Down, and Close icons in the upper right-hand corner, as demonstrated in the image below.

PowerPoint Reveal Animation Trick Part 2 Step #5C - Resize the Rectangle


Note: Keep in mind that when presenting multiple PowerPoint presentations at the same time, each PowerPoint presentation needs to be manually advanced just like any normal PowerPoint presentation you are running.

Step #4: Repeat and resize your other presentations

Repeat this same process of your other PowerPoint presentations and then resize them to fit on your screen.

Two PowerPoint Presentations in Slideshow Mode

And that’s it! You can now view and show two PowerPoint presentations (or more) at the same time on a single monitor. Just make sure you can keep track of where you are.

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Updated on December 10, 2017

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