Speaker Notes in PowerPoint and How to Use Them

Speaker notes is a concept used in presentations and Microsoft PowerPoint has a special section in the slide that you can use for speaker notes.

Speaker notes are also known as Notes Pages in recent versions of PowerPoint like Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 (and other presentation software like OpenOffice Impress). The speaker notes or notes pages are a reserved space for each slide in your presentation that is intended to be used by the presenter for many different purpose.

The presenter can add some key points that he want to cover during a Power Point presentation or meeting, and don’t want to miss. The following figure shows a¬†sample PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes in the slide.

Sample PowerPoint presentation with Speaker Notes

The speaker notes can be printed separately or there is additional software that you can use to display the notes in a separate screen for example in front of the presenter, while the audience is watching the presentation at the background of the presenter.

Entering speaker notes for each slide is easy, just need to locate the bottom area of the slide and start entering text there.

How to view Speaker Notes in PowerPoint

In order to view your speaker notes or notes pages in a better view or prepare it for printing you can change the view in your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. Open your PowerPoint file or start a new presentation
  2. Click on View tab and then choose Notes Page

You can click on the notes area and start typing or changing your existing notes.

Another sample PowerPoint with speaker notes

So here you learned how to use the Speaker Notes and how to add the key points that you want to remember during your presentation. You can download free sample PowerPoint templates and free PowerPoint slides for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 presentations.