I am trying to rehearse a presentation and have been dismayed to discover that when trying to use Rehearse Timings I do not get a Presenter View. When just doing slideshow I do but not when attempting to rehearse. This is annoying because I have notes on my slides that I intend to use to jog me while giving the presentation. Is there someway to get Rehearse Timings to work in such a way that it actually lets you rehearse?

If you're using Windows 7 on a multihead-capable computer (such as your laptop), it will happily pretend that there is a second monitor even if none is plugged in. Then you can turn on Presenter Mode, tell PowerPoint to present on the second monitor, and it's none the wiser that the presentation isn't actually visible and you're only watching the presenter mode.

From the directions at the PPT FAQ:

  • "Extend" to second monitor with Win-P
  • Turn on presenter mode, 2nd monitor
  • Rehearse!
  • This solution doesn't allow recording the time spent on each slide, which is what the OP is was looking for. – Joe May 27 '15 at 6:50

Go in Slides menu and select Rehearse Timings.

If it is not working, then select Slide Options, inside the Slide menu and see the Show slide without timing checkbox.

If it is checked, then uncheck this option, and then record again Rehearse Timings and then finally play.

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