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- [Instructor] Welcome to PowerPoint Tips Weekly. I'm Nick Brazzi. If you have a Microsoft Surface computer along with the pen accessory, then you have a great wireless controller for your PowerPoint presentations. These features also work with some third-party stylus accessories, but not all. There's really very little set up involved, but there are a few things that you do need to make this work. First, of course, you need a Microsoft Surface computer with the pen stylus accessory. This pen works with the Surface Pro, the Surface Book, and the Surface Studio.
It is sold as a separate accessory, but some older versions of the Surface came with the pen bundle. Now if you have a different computer with a different stylus, just give it a try. There are so many stylus accessories out there, I'm just not able to list which do and do not work. But it's really easy to test, so just give it a try. Make sure your stylus is properly paired and set up with your computer. Now for the Surface Pen, you can check out Learning Microsoft Surface and Other 2-in-1s, if you don't know about that setup.
Now you do need to have a version of Windows 10, from the fall creators update or newer. And to check that, you can go into settings, into the system category, go to about, over here on the left side, scroll down a bit and look for the version of Windows that you're using. If you have version 1709 or later, you're good to go. If not, you should run your updates. And if you're not comfortable with major system updates, you can check out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Essential Training, and there's some valuable information there about updates.
Finally, of course, you do need to have PowerPoint. I have a presentation here already open. However, as of this recording, you need to have the version of PowerPoint that comes with a full Office 365 membership. The standalone install version of PowerPoint 2016 does not support this, though that could change with a future update. So again, you can give this a try, and just see if it works on your computer. So if you have all of that, there's really nothing else that you need to set up. Just start by playing your PowerPoint presentation, so I'll hit the play button up in the quick access toolbar, and then take a look at the pen stylus.
There's a button at the top that looks like a pencil eraser. You can click that once to progress to the next slide, and again, and again, and you can go through your presentation. To go back one slide, just click and hold on that button for a second, and it goes back. So with that, you can walk around and you can use the pen stylus as a discreet remote control for PowerPoint. You can always walk back to your computer and make hand-written notes with the stylus, directly on your slides.
So I might want to circle this, or do a little arrow here, or underline something there. And this is useful if you have your Surface connected to a projector. You can just make your notes on the Surface screen, and then the audience will see it all on the projector screen. Now if you do make notes like this, when you exit the presentation by hitting the escape key, it will ask you if you want to keep the markup on your slides. So in this case, I do want to keep it, so I'll click that keep button.
Now if I go back through my slides, I can see those hand-written notes are still on the slide. Now if I do not want to keep them from here, of course, I could close the presentation without saving, or I could click on these marks. You'll see it puts a little selection box around them, I can hit the delete key or backspace and remove them from that slide and continue from there. So that does it for this week's PowerPoint tip. We'll see you next time.
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