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Reading View available in PowerPoint for Mac

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Hi, Office Insiders, I’m Ana Parra, a Program Manager on the PowerPoint team. I’m happy to share that Reading View is now available in PowerPoint for Mac. This feature allows you to present your slideshow in a windowed experience.

Reading View

For many of us, sharing our presentations digitally is a daily occurrence. But most screen sharing settings make it hard to see comments or launch other applications while we’re presenting. With this feature, you can now multitask and access other apps while you’re presenting.

How it works

Click View > Reading View, or click the Reading View icon in the task bar at the bottom right of the slide window.Reading View Entry Points

Tips and tricks

Keyboard shortcuts available when in Reading View:

  • ESC resumes to Normal view.
  • Right arrow and Down arrow keys navigate to the next slide.
  • Left arrow and Up arrow navigate to the previous slide.
  • When focus is on the last slide, pressing the Right arrow key exits Reading View.


The feature is rolling out to Insiders running Version 16.43 (Build 20110804) or later.

We typically release features over some time to ensure that things are working smoothly. This is true for Insiders as well. We highlight features that you may not have because they’re slowly releasing to larger numbers of Insiders. Sometimes we remove elements to further improve them based on your feedback. Though this is rare, we also reserve the option to pull a feature entirely out of the product, even if you, as Insiders, have had the opportunity to try them.


Send us your feedback by clicking the Feedback button near the top-right corner in PowerPoint.

Learn what other information you should include in your feedback to ensure  it’s actionable and reaches the right people. We’re excited to hear from you! 

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