In a PowerPoint presentation, Blank slides are as valuable as content slides. They are key to engaging your audience in your presentation.
In this article, you will learn two simple shortcuts that bring up blank slides. You will also learn the application of the two types of blank slides. These applications are quite useful in the current scenario where the projectors are so powerful that you no longer need to dim the lights in the room while showing your slides.
PowerPoint allows you to have a black screen or a white screen at the click of a button. There are 4 ways in which you can switch you slide mode to blank:
You can imagine the ‘B’ button as a switch that ‘turns off the screen’. This allows the audience to shift their attention from the screen to ‘You’ – the presenter.
You may want to use Black screen in the following situations:
To return to the presentation you just press ‘B’ again or press ‘Enter’ key.
You can consider the ‘W’ button as a switch to illuminate the screen. White Screen is quite useful when you have your white board doubling up as screen for projection. You can use the combination of white board and white illumination in the following situation:
While you can always animate a diagram or process flow, the level of engagement you get from drawing the diagram is far better.
Like in the case of black screen, to return to the presentation you just press ‘W’ again or press ‘Enter’.
Tip: You can have blank slides preset with black or white backgrounds in your presentation at the point where you want to initiate discussion or provide a break in training etc.
Knowing how and when to use blank screens can make your presentation engaging, memorable and impressive. . I hope you found this tutorial useful. You can find many more such PowerPoint tips in our tutorials section.
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