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Control your presentation

So, once you’ve started a presentation using the Presentation dialog, how do you control the presentation?

Basically, it’s as simple as just pressing the space bar to switch to the next slide. For more options, read on.

It’s important to understand “How Slide Presenter works” to gain a deeper control of your presentations layout.

What a presentation looks like


The presentation is 99% only your content, styled and layouted according to the theme you chose. The only additional UI elements are:

  • The navigation arrows at the bottom right. They behave like the arrow keys on your keyboard. Use them to move through the slides.

  • The menu button on the top left. It contains additional functions like slide overview, print/export etc.

Navigating the presentation

  • To switch to the next slide, just press the space bar. This is the default mode of presenting.

  • To navigate the columns and rows of your presentation, use the arrow keys. Down always means the next slide, Rightthe next column.

  • Holding Shift while pressing one of the arrow keys navigates to the last slide in the given direction. For example, Shift + Left always navigates to the title slide.

Why does a presentation have columns and rows?! Head over to “How Slide Presenter works” to understand the two simple layout principles Slide Presenter uses to create your slides.

Zoom in on images and tables

When you click on images or tables inside your presentation, a lightbox opens and shows it in full size. This way, you can show your audience images and tables in full detail.

You can zoom in to show complex diagrams in all detail. If you use for your diagrams, be sure to check out our tip on how to get even crisper diagrams in this zoom view.


Zooming in on images

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Zooming in on tables

Using the presentation main menu

The menu button on the top left opens a menu with additional functions for your running presentation.


The presentation main menu

The button disappears if the mouse is far away from it to keep the screen clean. 🙈
Move the mouse to the upper left corner again to make it reappear. 🙉

Toggle slide overview

This will take you into the slide overview. Here you can quickly navigate around in your presentation if for example somebody asks you "jump back to the slide with the video".

Use the arrow keys to move between the slides.

Use the key O (like in Orange, not the number) to switch the slide overview without the menu.

Toggle fullscreen

Presentations are better in fullscreen mode!

Just press F on your keyboard to toggle to fullscreen. You can leave the fullscreen mode by pressing ESC, pressing F again or using the main menu.


This let’s you print the presentation - or save it as a PDF file. Learn more about the details on Export your presentation to PDF.

Show shortcuts

Displays a list of all keyboard shortcuts available to control your presentation like a pro.


Here you can finetune your personal presentation experience. The settings you choose here are linked to your Confluence user, so they apply on each device you use Slide Presenter.


At the moment, there are only two “settings”:

  • Distance from which the main menu button starts to appear.

    • If you drag the bar to the left, the main menu button will only appear if you move the mouse very close to the top left corner.

    • If you drag the bar to the right, the main menu button will stay visible even if the mouse is rather far away.

  • Tutorial reset: If you want to see the tutorial messages that introduce you to the presentation UI again, click on the corresponding button. The next time you start a presentation, the tutorial messages will appear again.

Blackout screen

Pressing b or . makes the screen go completely black. Press the key again to resume the presentation. This is useful if:

  • You want to redirect the attention of your audience away from the presentation

  • You want to setup the whole presentation thing on a beamer or the like, then hide it so you can hit the ground running

Next: Learn more about exporting your presentation as a PDF file (or printing it, oldschool).

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