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Setting Up Microsoft PowerPoint For Split Screen


Split Screen Projection:

Split-screen projection can be a very useful tool in a church service. Imagine being able to access all your files, programs and processes and have the congregation only see the end result (i.e. a powerpoint presentation, or a video file). This is the wonderful world of Split-screen Projection and if this is the first time you’ve heard about it, then here’s the idea behind it. In your display settings, when you have an extra monitor source (i.e. a projector or a T.V. screen) connected to your computer, you have the option of “Extending your Desktop” onto the extra monitors. Once this option is clicked and applied, your primary monitor will still look the same, however your secondary monitor will show only the image of your desktop minus all the icons and startmenu. From here you are opened up to a world where you can operate all your programs that you want running for the church service and the congregation will only see the end results.

Now the most convenient opportunity this option raises is for powerpoint. Now that powerpoint has become an integral part of a worship service, this evolution can allow the primary computer to run in what is known as the “Presenter View”. In this mode you can edit the slide show, select slides out of the set order and monitor what is currently being seen, all while the slide show is running. The Secondary monitor will show only the slide show, and nothing else.

This innovation is available in Powerpoint 2002, and Powerpoint 2003. The presenter mode can be activated in Powerpoint 2000, but it isn’t as evolved and doesn’t function as well as in 2002 and 2003. Below are some how-to instructions with pictures to highlight the process.

  1. Make sure your laptop or desktop computer has an extra VGA monitor output and that the VGA cable to the projector is connected to both the projector and the VGA output on the computer.
  2. Enter your start menu and select Control Panel


  3. In your Control Panel, select Display
  4. In Display, select the Settings Tab


  5. Now click on the screen labeled “2"


  6. Now click on the “Extend my desktop” box


  7. Now click “Apply” to apply the changes
  8. At this point your primary monitor should appear the same, but your secondary monitor will show only the picture that is seen on your desktop.

    Now you may be asking yourself, what exactly has happened. Imagine you had an extra computer screen set up side by side with your other screen. Now image stretching the image on you first monitor over so that it covered both monitors. This is in essence what has happened. See for yourself. If you’ve successfully engaged the split-screen, you can move your mouse over to the right and just keep moving over right. If you watch the secondary screen you will see the mouse cursor appear from the left. To get the cursor back onto the primary monitor, simply move the mouse cursor over to the left.

How To Activate Presenter View

  1. Open Microsoft Powerpoint
  2. Click on the Slideshow tab
  3. Select “Set up show”


  4. 2002 and 2003 versions have a “Multiple Monitors” section, 2000 simply has an option
    box that says “Show On”
  5. Each version needs to have the “Show On” box set to Secondary Monitor.


  6. At this point the 2000 version is done it’s setup, the 2002/2003 versions can go a step further and enter into Presenter View by clicking on the box that is label “Presenter View”


Again, what exactly have we done here? By selecting the Secondary Monitor as the “Show On” monitor, we have set the slide show to present itself on the second monitor. Furthermore as we select the Presenter View we enter into a specialized view that accommodates the user, allowing them to switch slides around and operate programs with the congregation only seeing the slide show. For Troubleshooting please contact us.

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