Sunday, October 12, 2014

How to enable Presentation Mode in Windows 7 desktop PC?

Windows 7 Presentation Mode is available in Laptops only; it is disabled in Desktop PCs by default. However, a slight alteration in the registry will bring this mode in Desktop PCs also.
What is Presentation Mode? This mode lets users easily turn on their laptop & projector screen at the same time by simply pressing the key Win + P (some other features also).

Here is how to enable Presentation mode in Windows 7 desktop PC

1. Open RegistyEditor as an administrator (Start – Run and enter regedit to get Registry Editor. Right click it and select ‘Run as Administrator’)
2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft. Right click Microsoft and create a new key and name it MobilePC
3. Now right click MobilePC and create two new keys. Name them AdaptableSettings andMobilityCenter
4. In AdaptableSettings, right click and select ‘New DWORD Value’ and enter SkipBatteryCheck. Double click this new entry and enter 1 an click OK to save it.
5. In MobilityCenter, right click and select New DWORD Value and enter RunOnDesktop. Double click this new entry and enter 1 and click OK to save it.
6. Close Registry Editor and enter mblctr in the search box (Start – Run) to bring Windows Mobility Center. Create a short cut to desktop for easy access.
Now you can run Windows Mobility Center in Windows 7 and also Vista which will give all funcrions including Presentation Mode. Hope you will enjoy this post and thanks to Prajith for giving this tips.

How To Enter Presentation Mode (Laptop)

This article will go over the steps needed to enter your Mac and Windows operating systems into Presentation Mode.

*The following are operating systems that will be compatible with these steps.

  • Snow Leopard
  •  Lion
  • Vista
  • Windows 7

On a Mac Laptop:
  • Click on the Apple in the file Menu 
  • Click on System Preferences 
  • Click on Energy Saver
  • Set the Display sleep and the Computer sleep to Never for the duration of your presentation.
  • Toggle between Battery and Power Adapter to apply the settings above each of those modes.
  • After your presentation is over, you'll want to once again navigate to Energy Saver to set both the Computer/Display sleep settings back to their original configurations.

On a Windows Laptop:

  • Click on the Start Button 
  1. Type "presentation" into the search bar 
  2. Click "Adjust Settings Before Giving a Presentation"

  • Prior to the start of the presentation Check the "I am currently giving a presentation" and "turn off screen saver" boxes.
  • It is a good idea to adjust the volume of your machine during the presentation, as well as the background of your computer. Masking your background can be done by checking the "Show this background" box, and clicking the "(None)" option.

  • After entering your Laptop into Presentation mode using these settings, you will be able to connect your computer to a projector and successfully present a slideshow or presentation.
  • Once your presentation settings are no longer needed, deselect "I am currently giving a presentation"

source: servicedesk

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Preparing Your Mac for a Presentation

The days of needing Windows to run an effective presentation are over. With great tools and accessories for running multiple displays — even when one of those displays is a projector — OS X is a great option for your next presentation.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to execute the perfect presentation by preparing your Mac beforehand, choosing the right way to hook up your second display or projecter and ensure nothing will get in the way when things get underway.
When you're hosting a presentation with your Mac, there's a strong chance you're going to be opting to use an external display or projector to do so, which means you're going to need a way of hooking your machine up. There's two basic options to do so: wireless, through a system like AirPlay, or using a traditional physical cable.
AirPlay is Apple's protocol for streaming wireless content, introduced in 2010 alongside a new model of Apple TV. AirPlay allows you to stream, to a compatible device, content like music, movies, TV shows and, since 2010, your entire display.
AirPlay Mirroring allows you to mirror your Mac's display on another screen, or projector, that's connected to an AirPlay-compatible device, such as a second or third-generation Apple TV. By choosing to extend your screen, rather than mirror it, you can take full advantage of second-display features such as Presenter View in Keynote, just as if you were using a physical connection.
Presenter View provides access to some additional tools on your second display.
To set up AirPlay Mirroring, first make sure that both your Mac and the Apple TV (or third-party receiver that supports screen mirroring) are connected to the same wireless network. Then, open the System Preferences app and choose Displays. At the bottom of this pane, check the box marked Show mirroring options in the menu bar.
If more than one option is available under the Connect To AirPlay Display label, select the device that is connected to the display or project that you want to show your presentation on.
The AirPlay icon in your Mac's menu bar offers fast access to some basic AirPlay options.
Next, click on the AirPlay icon in your menu bar and choose your preferred option under the Use AirPlay Display To label. Selecting Extend Desktop is recommended, as this will enable second-screen views like Keynote's Presenter View while still showing your presentation as normal on the external display or projector.
When you begin your presentation, it should automatically begin on your newly-connected display.
The second option is to use a traditional physical cable to hook up your external display or projector, useful if your presentation is in a location with an unreliable wireless network or if your display doesn't support HDMI, which the Apple TV exclusively uses.
The Apple Store sells a range of Mini DisplayPort adapters which will work with machines that have a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt port.
Exactly what cable and/or adapters you need is specific to your setup and differs from venue to venue, display to display. Most displays and projectors will use some form of common display interface such as HDMI or DVI; if your Mac doesn't have a port for this built-in (in which case, you'd simply use a male-to-male cable to hook your Mac up via that port), Apple sells a range of Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt adapters. Alternatively, you can choose a compatible adapter from a third-party such as Belkin which may provide a cheaper, yet unofficial, option.
When your Mac is physically tethered to your external display or projector of choice, you can use the Displays pane in your Mac's System Preferences app to modify configurations for resolution and colour. After that, your setup should be good to go and apps like Keynote will automatically use your connected display for your presentation, providing modes like Presenter View on your primary screen.
During most presentations, you're not going to want notifications, alerts and calls to interrupt. OS X has a built-in feature called Do Not Disturb which allows you to toggle notifications on or off universally.
Under most circumstances, you can open Notification Center (by using your configure gesture or by clicking the right-most icon in your Mac's menu bar), scroll up and use the toggle to enable or display Do Not Disturb.
This somewhat hidden feature, introduced with Mountain Lion, hides alerts and banners when turned on. Though manually toggling Do Not Disturb on is an option, you can also automate this process to certain times or, in our case, when you're likely hosting a presentation. First, open System Preferences and then click Notifications. Then, in the Do Not Disturb tab, check the When mirroring to TVs and projectors box. This option will automatically turn Do Not Disturb on when you're mirroring your desktop to an external display or projector, including when you're doing so to run a presentation.
The Notifications preference pane allows you to modify Do Not Disturb options.
There's a few additional options you can modify here, depending on your specific presentation needs. If you're planning to use FaceTime as part of your presentation, you can check the Allow FaceTime calls from box and choose Favorites from the dropdown field to still allow your favorite contacts to call when Do Not Disturb is active.
The once-accurate adage that Macs aren't useful for work is no longer true. When hosting presentations, your Mac has all a wealthy library of available tools, accessories and applications to help it all run smoothly. This tutorial has shown you how to get set up your Mac for a presentation, connecting it to your external display and ensuring nothing interrupts the main attraction; now all that's left to do is actually present!

How to Connect your Mac to a Projector

Apple Laptops Today Use one of Two Different Style Connectors on their Laptop. What is Pictured here is a DVI connector with the Apple-supplied VGA Adapter Cable.
Start by going to the Apple Menu and selecting System Preferences
Select the Display Control Panel.
The Display Preferences Panel is where you choose your Monitor's resolution, and to detect New Displays that Have been Connected to the Computer.
Select Show Displays In Menu Bar and Close Display Preferences.
You will have a new monitor Icon in your Menu bar.
You should be seeing your mac's desktop on the projector.

How to setup PowerPoint with a projector

To configure Microsoft PowerPoint to work with a projector in presentation mode, follow these steps:
  1. Open PowerPoint and select Slide Show from the menu at the top, then select the Set Up Show option.
    • If you are on a laptop, press the Fn key and F8 key simultaneously to enable your laptop's secondary video output. 
  2. In the Set Up Show options, select the second monitor choice under Display slide show on, i.e. anything besides Primary Monitor.
  3. Now select the check box for Show Presenter View. This will enable the presenter mode on the monitor that is selected.

  4. Run the presentation, your laptop screen should display an image with your slideshow and an area for your presenter notes at the bottom; while the projector should display only the slideshow.