Learn how to enable remote control functionality to use an iOS mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad as a remote control when presenting a slideshow that is on your computer.
- If you're going to be presenting to a group, perhaps in a small room or a large auditorium, you'll probably connect your Mac or laptop to a projector, which means as the presenter, you're likely going to be trapped behind that computer. And of course, people will be looking at the slides up behind you and after a while, it gets a little bit tedious. So one of the best things you can do as a presenter is move around the room or the stage. To do that, you're going to need some kind of remote control, and that's what we're going to talk about in this movie, turning your IOS device, your iPhone or your iPad into a remote control that allows you to be mobile, see the slides, your presenter notes, the next slide, on your personal device while the rest of the audience looks up at the big screen viewing the presentation that's on your computer.
How do we do that? Well, that's exactly what we're going to do with our Leaf & Mortar presentation here, 0907, if you're catching up. The first step is on your computer, to enable this feature. And to do that, we go up to the key note menu. Click there and select preferences. You can use command comma, the keyboard shortcut. Across the top you will see a remote icon. Click that and this is where we go to enable this feature. With it enabled, you can use your iPhone or your iPad as a remote control.
The only thing that needs to happen is, your device, whether it be an iPhone or an iPad, and your computer, containing the slide show, need to be connected to the same Wifi network. So with it enabled, we can now close up our preferences. And switch over to our device where we can link it to the presentation showing up here on our computer. So let's switch over to an iPad. Now here on the iPad, I'm going to tap the keynote icon to launch it. But instead of creating a new presentation, I'm going to go up to the top right hand corner where you see, next to that plus sign, a remote icon.
And tapping that, is going to open up the Keynote remote drop down. Now I might be looking for that same network, the Wifi network has to be used for the IOS device, the iPad, as well as the computer holding our Keynote presentation. So tapping devices at the top, you should be able to find that. And then, of course, tapping add a device down below will allow us to find that Mac. So as you can see, we need to go to Keynote on the Mac, or the IOS device connected to Wifi or bluetooth and then select David Rivers's iPad.
So in this case, our presentation is on the Mac computer. And that's where we need to go now to select the iPad to create that link. So let's switch back. So back at our Keynote presentation here on the Mac computer, when we go back to the Keynote menu, down to preferences, and look at remotes, still selected, you can see now there's an option, David Rivers's iPad. And here's the link button to create that link. As soon as we click here, there's a number showing up both on the iPad and here on our computer.
And if they match, you'll click confirm. That is what creates the link. Notice it's now an unlink button. So we can close this up, once again. And now when we go over to our iPad, we're going to have a remote control that allows us to play this presentation, that may be connected to a projector, walk around the room with our iPad, playing our slides, looking at our notes. It all depends on what options we choose. So let's switch back to the iPad and see what that looks like right now.
Because we set up that link on the computer, this looks a little bit different on the iPad with the remote icon still activated up there in the top right hand corner. Now we see a play button. And if we tap the play button, we'll be playing the slideshow that exists on the computer connected to the projector. So let's go ahead and tap play. Now you can see the first slide show up. Now depending on your view, you can see for me, the view shows the slide as well as the notes on the right hand side.
The audience is simply seeing the slide on the big screen. We can go up to the top right corner, not the X to close this up, but just to the left of it is an icon that allows us to change our layout options. Yours may be set to current, if it's your first time for example. With current selected, you're just looking at the current slide. Tapping the slide is going to move you from one to the next, including those builds. Tap again and you can see the bulleted list start to show up. Now it's showing up live on the screen.
It'll only show up here on the iPad once it's completed. And there it is. So you can be walking around the room with your remote control looking at the screen, looking at your audience from different places, looking down at your iPad as we go through this slideshow. Let's change the layout. Give it a tap and maybe you'd prefer to see the current slide and the next slide as well so you know what's coming. Now you see them side by side. You'll tap the slide on the left to proceed through the presentation to the next slide, including those special effects, transitions, build effects, etc.
When you're done, you just go up to the top right corner and tap that X and you're out on your particular IOS device, in this case, I'm back to where I started on the iPad. Now, if we want to, at the end of our slideshow, we can disable this again or unlink to the device. So let's switch back to the computer now to do that. Back here on the Mac, you'll probably want to turn off the projector and return to the Keynote preferences by clicking Keynote and selecting preferences or use command comma to go back to where we started here.
With remote selected, you can see we're still linked up to the iPad or if you're using an iPhone, for example it'll show up here with an unlink button. So we can unlink the device, it's no longer connected. It'll look different on the device as well, go back to showing you the option to connect to devices. And in fact, if you want, you can totally disable this feature by clicking the enable checkbox to deselect it. Now you can close up your preferences and anytime you need to be mobile and want to move around the room, or even a large stage to keep your audience's interest, you can always consider using your iPhone or iPad as a remote control.
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