PowerPoint presenter view in Zoom—with one monitor

Are you teaching remotely using Zoom? And you only have one monitor? Do you miss using PowerPoint presenter view in your classroom?

PowerPoint presenter view

This is what presenter view looks like. When you have a computer screen and a projector (or a second monitor), this is the view on your computer screen, and the slide alone shows on the projector (or second monitor). In this presenter view screen, you can see your next slide on the right, and right below that are any notes you’ve entered for the slide your audience is currently viewing. Under the currently-viewing slide are a few tools: pen/pointer, see all of the slides in your presentation (handy for jumping around your slides), magnifying glass for zooming in on a part of your slide, and black out the slide you are showing. Click the 3-dot icon for a few more options.

While you have all of those nifty tools at your disposable, this is what your audience sees projected on the screen.

To get presenter view, edit your PowerPoint, click the Slide Show tab, then check the “Use Presenter View” box.

If you have one monitor, however, and run your slide show, you will just see the slide like your audience would. To get the presenter view, right-click on the slide and select presenter view.

Using single-monitor PowerPoint presenter view with Zoom

To use presenter view with Zoom, it’s easy with two monitors. All you need to do is share the screen with the slide on it.

However, if you only have one monitor, you probably don’t want to share your entire presenter view screen. Good news. You don’t have to. You can choose to share only the slide portion of your presenter view screen.

In Zoom, click on Share Screen, then select the Advanced tab.

Then click Portion of Screen, and click the Share button.

A green box will appear. Whatever is in the green box is what your Zoom audience will see. Click and drag the bar at the top of the box to move it. Click and drag the sides/bottom/corners to resize it.

Zoom will remember the box size and location from session to session.


Before closing your PowerPoint presentation, stop sharing. If you don’t, when you close your PowerPoint, whatever is inside that green box will appear to your Zoom audience. When I closed my PowerPoint just now without stopping my Zoom screen share, my email was inside the green box – viewable to everyone who was in my Zoom room. Fortunately, I was the only one in my Zoom room, so no harm done. When you are done sharing, always stop sharing before doing anything else. As an added precaution, close all programs you are not going to be using before starting your Zoom session.

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1 thought on “PowerPoint presenter view in Zoom—with one monitor

  1. Perfect timing, Sue. I was JUST struggling with this trying to manage my single screen (eg, propping my cell on a soup can to record ppt on my monitor) and your step-by-step instructions streamlined the process. Thanks!

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