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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos Apps
One thing I've always found cumbersome about PowerPoint presentations in Slide Show mode is switching to other applications for demo purposes -- everyone seems to stop the slide show to get to the operating system to switch to another application, which breaks the flow of the presentation.

I was giving a presenation and wanted to switch to a demo when I overshot the PowerPoint controls and enabled Exposť. I then proceeded to simply click on the demo app window I wanted. Exposť can then be used to go right back to PowerPoint's Slide Show without ever leaving this mode. Nice, quick transitions between slides and demos.

Turns out that Alt-Tab works, too, which is something else I hadn't thought to use, nor had anyone else tried it yet.

[robg adds: Now that we're all very aware of how powerful Exposť is, I won't be running any more hints explaining how its basic features can be used to do "X" or "Y" differently than before. Simply put, Exposť is very useful in any number of different ways, and I think we've done a good job of documenting a few of those here to get you started with it...]
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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: mm2270 on Nov 02, '03 09:27:13PM

Powerpoint may not be aware of the Exposť controls, ie F9 - F11, but it looks like Keynote is. I tried this hint to switch from a Keynote presentation I was playing with, and none of the Exposť keys did anything. Apparently when the presentation is active it disables system function keys. Too bad.



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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: mm2270 on Nov 03, '03 02:07:49PM
That was supposed to be "looks like Keynote isn't", not "is" as you can tell from the rest of my comment.

Looks like others are running into this limitation with Keynote as well. Somehow it disables using the Exposť keys. Doh! Why Apple?

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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: aranor on Nov 03, '03 02:25:21AM

My guess is if Exposť works, cmd-tab will work too.



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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: digitol on Nov 03, '03 04:01:45AM

F_ _ K Powerpoint. use Keynote. :)



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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: lcreight on Nov 03, '03 09:52:36AM

I can't use keynote until I can switch out of presentation mode to demo mode *somehow*. Anyone have ideas?



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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: wgscott on Nov 03, '03 11:22:01AM

No, but this is a major irritation.

Powerpoint has this behavior by default, so somehow Keynote must be DISABLING this ability, so it should be very easy to re-enable it, if one had access to the source code.

Powerpoint also has hyperlinks, which allow you to do this sort of thing as well, prior to 10.3.

I would gladly erase Powerpoint from my hard drive if Keynote were more reliable. Keynote also started corrupting files that Powerpoint handles without a problem.

Powerpoint was originally developed for the Mac platform and microsoft bought the technology. Perhaps that is why it is better than a typical microsoft program.



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10.3: Use Exposť to switch from PowerPoint to demos
Authored by: dfdietrick on Nov 03, '03 10:01:52AM

Sorry, I should have elaborated on my setup a little more. I have Expose's F9 action activated when the mouse hits the lower left corner of the screen.

That's why Expose activated when I overshot the PowerPoint Slide Show controls with my mouse.



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robG a comment for you
Authored by: SOX on Nov 03, '03 12:11:06PM

Rob, I know you think this hint is silly, but Its one of the most fantastically useful hints, at least for mw, today. please continue posting clever uses of expose'



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robG a comment for you
Authored by: robg on Nov 03, '03 03:09:46PM

Perhaps my add-on wasn't clear enough ... I'm OK with "clever uses of Exposť," which I'll continue to publish. However, I was thinking of more basic stuff like "You can use Exposť to hide Excel windows when switching to Word." I see no point in continuing to publish stuff at that level given all that we've written so far about Exposť.

-rob.



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