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Rehearse and time the delivery of a presentation

Applies to: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint assists you with recording and timing of a presentation before you present it to an audience.

Tip: For the most profound rehearsal experience, consider opening your presentation in PowerPoint for the web and using Presenter Coach. For more information, see: Rehearse your slide show with Presenter Coach.

Rehearse the presentation

  1. Choose Slide Show > Rehearse Timings.
  1. Pick Next, select the mouse or press the Right Arrow key to advance to the next slide.
  1. The time for the existing slide is displayed to the right of the Pause icon. The time to the right of that is the entire presentation’s time.
  1. Click Pause to pause the recording. Press Resume Recording to resume.
  1. Click Yes to save the slide timings, or No to discard them.

You can also press Esc to halt the recording and leave the presentation.

View the timings

Press ViewSlide Sorter. The amount of time set to a slide is presented at the bottom-right of the slide.

Turn off recorded slide timings before you give a presentation

To stop slides from intuitively progressing, use the recorded slide timings as follows:

  1. Click Set UpSlide Show.
  1. Clear the Use Timings or Use Rehearsed Timings checkbox.

To activate the slide timings on again, pick Use Timings.

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