Run a presentation on two monitors

Before you can turn on multiple monitor support, you must have the proper hardware installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. This support is available for Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 (or later) or Microsoft Windows XP.

  1. To turn on dual monitor support, see Windows Help for information about using the same desktop on multiple monitors and changing the primary monitor.


  • You can only show the presenter view on and run the slide show from one monitor. Typically you'll use monitor 1 for this.
  • Your computer may have the capability to support multiple monitors, but PowerPoint supports the use of two for a slide show.
  1. Once you have your monitors set up, open the presentation that you want to show on them.


  1. On the Slide Show menu, click Set Up Show.
  2. In the Display slide show on list, click the monitor you want the show to appear on (for instance, the projector or large monitor, rather than the presenter's monitor or laptop).
  3. Select the Show Presenter View check box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. To start the slide show, click Button image.

 Note   If you are not using the presenter view, clear the Show Presenter View check box in the Set Up Show dialog box, and run the show as you would on a single monitor, clicking to advance the slides.

  1. To move between slides or trigger the next animation (animate: To add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. For example, you can have your text bullet points fly in from the left, one word at a time, or hear the sound of applause when a picture is uncovered.), click the arrow buttons. To show a slide out of sequence, click a slide in the thumbnail list.
  2. To end the show, click the End Show button.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003