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PowerPoint. Dual monitor and Pen tool.

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I have a dual monitor setup for powerpoint presentations.  Every thing works fine, even the show presenter view.

However I would like to make more use of the pen option.  I can't get to work the pen on the presenter monitor(in show presenter view).  Is this possible.

The pen works fine on the slide show monitor but I need to use it on the presenter monitor and have the results come up on the slide.  
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by:pjcrooks2000
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Hmmm i think you cannotn the presentation screen is the only one capable of this.  Unless you were to obtain a screen that allows you to use pens on it, but I think those pens are only made for the Presentation screen itself.

If however you can use a mouse with the presentation tools, whitboard you could or should be able to select the pen colors from the whiteboard itself?

If so then you could either use the mouse.  Or even better get yourself a graphics tablet such as this one below

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2109830770.1094920405@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccadcmhjmfgehcflgceggdhhmdfif.0&page=Product&sku=890728&category_oid=-9896&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null

Sorry long link :)

I hope this helps you good luck with it!

pjcrooks2000

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by:christiansenk
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I'm under the assumption that your PC/Laptop is connected to the "RGB Out" to "Input 1" on a Projector and your second monitior is then connected through the Projector... Is this Correct?

Try swapping the connections  (Second monitor in Input 1 if Possible)

The issue here seems to be with laptops (only one graphics card output using extended desktops)  

What happens if you try "Dual cone" setups?  (Projector is exact image of your screen without the extended desktop)

Regards


 
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by:clankk
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My setup currently consists of two monitors only and swapping the connections makes no difference.  

The main reason for using powerpoint is because of the presenter view option with notes availabe.  

If I got the pen to work I would be able to highlight or point at diagrams without having to leave my seat and going
over to the display monitor.  Finances do not allow for extra hardware or software at the moment.



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clankk, can i just say something.

When you say you don't have to leave your seat!  How to you expect to command the attention of your audience.  I have been giving presentations
for a number of years now and it is always goo practice to be visible to the people you are presenting to and not hidden behind a screen/monitor.

Can i then please direct you towards these
http://www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/effective.html
http://web.cba.neu.edu/~ewertheim/skills/oral.htm
http://info.med.yale.edu/library/education/powerpoint.html 

you may get some pointers and decide that you don't want to have a pen after all.

I hope this helps

pjcrooks2000
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Ok, thanks for the presentation tips but I'm okay with that.  

I use dual monitors to assist with presentations in small classes.  
Not the most Idea, but 4 what I'm doing it works.

The pen tool would help maintain the flow of the presentation as the monitors are not next to each other
hence the need for a pen.  
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Hmmm well you can set the presentation to run a certain time intervals too from within powerpoint, hence the need for no pen.
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I think we are getting of track here...  
Youe want the pen so let's get the pen working!  Not using the pen doesn't suit the users needs.

Unfortunately you have limited funds. so my alternative is probably not viable..

My understanding is this.
You have two monitors running from a PC.  (Hence you have two graphics cards).  Are both your screen and the classes screen meant to be showing the same thing?

Is it possible to get a video splitter cable (Cheap $15.00 USD) that splits the video signal from one card so that you can attach both monitors to the one video card (Both screens are recieving the same signal and hence the same is displayed).  You may then need an extender cable to go across the room.

see this link.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=525173&CatId=467
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I will leave it up to your discretion Turn123!
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