Jan 06, '04 08:29:00AM • Contributed by: Anonymous
Through trial and error I have discovered two ways to recover from this - one easy but ugly, and the other much more useful.
You have to move the cursor over onto the monitor showing the fullscreen slideshow and click once. This will change the focus back to the running slideshow and let you control it again. Be careful not to click twice as a click also advances the slides once the slideshow has the focus again. The downside of this method is that the cursor has to be moved onto the second screen so if you are using a projector, everyone in the audience will see the mouse cursor on the screen which can be distracting.
The second method takes a bit more setting up, but is much more useful. It involves adding a new toolbar which contains tools to control the slideshow. Note: some of my terminology might be wrong here, as I am not sure about menus and toolbars and tools etc. etc., but it is more obvious to do than to explain.
You can click on the tiny arrow at the end of the toolbar to get to the Customise dialog box. I then created a new toolbar that I called "slide control" and also turned on the "slideshow" toolbar (from what I can tell, the "slideshow" toolbar is the one that appears when you right click on a running slideshow and lets you control things). I dragged the "Previous," "Next," and "End Show" tools from the slideshow toolbar into my new toolbar, and also the one that lets you select slides by title. I then positioned this new toolbar at the end of my existing toolbar and closed the "customise" dialog box. By default, they show up as blank boxes, but if you right click the tool and select Properties, you can choose an icon and select for the text to be visible.
So what I have done is steal menu items from the rightclick menu and make them available in a toolbar that is visible all the time while running a show on the second monitor.
Here is the final bit of info to make this trick work ... these tools will only work when the fullscreen slideshow is 'active' or 'in focus.' Unlike before, however, now if you do something on the control monitor and then click the 'slideshow' icon, or select 'view slideshow' in the menu, these controls start to work even though they appear greyed out and the normal up arrow, down arrow controls still don't work.
The only disconcerting thing is that there is absolutely NO visible feedback as to which mode you are in - editing or controlling slideshow. You just have to remember to click the "slideshow" icon every time you want to go back to controlling the slideshow. This is analagous to the "resume slideshow" floating button in the windows version - now if only MS had added one of them! So the full sequence of actually driving a presentation would be:
- Open your presentation and set the display monitor for full screen to be the second monitor (in "set up show" and "monitors")
- Click the "slideshow" icon to start the slideshow on the second monitor. Notice that a different menu list has appeared showing that the slideshow is active. You can use your usual up arrow, down arrow etc. to control at this stage.
- If you need to change something, or change the view, click back on the open presentation file in the first monitor (it seems to matter where you click - you'll know it has worked when your toolbars re-appear)
- Make the changes you want, or set up the view you want.
- Now click the "slideshow" icon again to 'return to controlling the slideshow' as it were.
- Now you can control the show using your new toolbar, or if you need to edit something or switch views, or look ahead, just repeat this process from step three. You can switch in and out as many times as you like.
OK, this took a fair bit of fiddling to find, and I have never seen anyone else show a way to allow control of a fullscreen slideshow on dual monitors so I reckon it could be of interest. Of course it would be far better if MS just fixed the dual screen support to do what it should, but who know when/if that might happen.