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    I am recording narration for some PowerPoint lectures. I have typed up the narration in the Speaker's Notes area. When I start recording by switching to Slide Show mode, the speaker's notes are not showing and I have to right-click and open them. This creates a silent spot in the narration of what seems like several seconds. Is there a way to have the notes always open in Slide Show mode? (I am using PowerPoint 2003)

    Also, in typing up the speaker's notes, I have limited options for formatting. (Color, bullets, italic, and the like.) However, these do not show up when I view the speaker's notes to record the narration. Can this be changed?

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    You'd need to have a dual monitor setup so that you can view the slide show on one monitor and the speaker notes on the other.

    The popup window that displays speaker notes during a slide show uses a very simple text box that doesn't support text formatting.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='785210' date='18-Jul-2009 14:34']You'd need to have a dual monitor setup so that you can view the slide show on one monitor and the speaker notes on the other.

    The popup window that displays speaker notes during a slide show uses a very simple text box that doesn't support text formatting.[/quote]

    I have a dual monitor and I am familiar with display mode to which you refer. It is extremely useful. However, I cannot get it to display at all for recording narration. That always comes up in the single display mode. If I could use that mode with recording narration, I would be very happy with it.


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    Oh dear, that sounds like a stupid limitation. I don't have multiple monitors myself, I hope someone will come up with a solution!

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    Whenever I am recording a session I use a printed copy of my slide notes. Paper is a very useful and flexible medium.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='786142' date='24-Jul-2009 17:42']Whenever I am recording a session I use a printed copy of my slide notes. Paper is a very useful and flexible medium.[/quote]


    I prefer to write the narration for a few slides and then record it while it is still fresh in my mind. Having to print over-and-over like that is fairly clunky. I have done it that way and another problem I have is the mic catches the sound of the shuffling papers.


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    [quote name='Ronny' post='785207' date='18-Jul-2009 14:23']I am recording narration for some PowerPoint lectures. I have typed up the narration in the Speaker's Notes area. When I start recording by switching to Slide Show mode, the speaker's notes are not showing and I have to right-click and open them. This creates a silent spot in the narration of what seems like several seconds. Is there a way to have the notes always open in Slide Show mode? (I am using PowerPoint 2003)[/quote]

    I have figured out a "work around" for the first part of the question. If I insert a blank slide just before the point where I want to start recording, I can open the speaker's notes while on the blank slide and then just delete that slide later and the long pause goes with it. Not elegant but it works.
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