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How do you display skipped slides in slide switcher?

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Does anyone know how to display skipped slides in Keynote's slide switcher? I'd like to have the option of displaying skipped slides during presentations. This would be much easier than exiting out of presentation mode, right clicking the slide desired slide, selecting "don't skip slide", and re-entering presentation mode.


It is possible to place all skipped slides at the end of the presentation and then use slide switcher to navigate to those slides as they are needed, but that dimishes the potential of skipped slides. There is also the option of placing hyperlinks to skipped slides, but convilutes the slides and the slide making process to quickly if there are many hidden slides.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,605 points)

    Skipped slides cant be accessed during a slide show, they are hidden in the navigator and  they are hidden in the slide switcher. You can only navigate to a visible slide whether  using; slide switcher, hyperlinks or next slide.


    The way skipping is used in practice is to:


    Prepare the presentation beforehand and set slides to "skip" or "don't skip".

    If a slide is skipped it shouldn't need to be shown.

    Different versions of presentations can be saved with individual slides skipped as needed.


    You can keep reserve slides in a group  and use slide switcher to jump to a slide by entering the slide number.

    You would need a paper tally sheet to keep track of slides.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,605 points)

    Are there no ways to display a skipped slide during a presentation?

    To navigate  during play, a slide must  have a slide number and not be hidden, Skipped slides are hidden and have no number, therefore they cant be accessed during play.



    I know of no easy way to bring that slide up if it becomes needed. I could place all of my additional slides at the end of the presentation, but then they loose their order and it also makes modifying the talk in the future more difficult as the structure has changed.



    Then use a hyperlink to a separate Keynote file with just these extra illustrations you need, that way no rearranging is needed. I use a menu containing buttons or photos so I can quickly identify the slide to link to. This way the question from the audience becomes part of the presentation and not an unplanned scramble for an illustration.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,605 points)

    It's easy to become flustered while speaking if one cannot find their desired illustration quickly

    Absolutly agree, often had the "where am I"? feeling.



    Of course, adding multiple bottons adds clutter and would also encourage audience members to ask questions about the visible buttons.

    The technique I use here is to blank the screen using the projectors  remote control; this way there is nothing showing on the scren and I can go  look for the required slide in the menu without the audience seeing it.

    If its only 10 slides a small button at the bottom of the screen is unseen by the audience.




    I also often use a paper crib sheet included with my presentation notes which list slide number and content for this purpose.   If I need the slide with the pie chart, the sheet tells me its slide 84 so press;    8 & 4 & enter on the keyboard  enter and slide switcher instantly jumps to that slide.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,605 points)

    if you had to exit out of Keynote's presentation mode to more easily juggle the slides.

    I have been suggesting to never exit out of Keynote and never  sort or unskip slides so the audience will see what is happening. To me that is like going to the cinema and watching the projectionist  stop the play, change reels then cue up the next reel - dreadful.


    I dont use skip slide, I keep them all available and either use a link from a menu or punch in the slide number.

    I suggested blanking the projector if you did not want the audience to see a menu.


    Using the B command in Keynote would not allow you to blank the screen while unskipping slides.


    I think the best option is using a menu, its quick, reliable, efficient and looks correct for the viewer.


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