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When you run an on-screen slide show in PowerPoint, you can use thepointer to write or draw on the screen while the slide show is running.
To access the Pointer Options command, run the presentation and clickthe right mouse button.
To use the insertion point as a pointer, click Arrow.
To use the insertion point as a pen, click Pen.
To change the color of the pen, click Pointer Options, and click PenColor.
To erase pen marks, click Screen, and click Erase Pen.
PowerPoint 3.x, 4.x
To turn the pointer on or off in all versions during a slide show,press A or the equal sign (=) on the keyboard. These keys togglethe cursor on or off.
To draw or write on a slide in PowerPoint 3.0, turn on the pointer,hold down the mouse button until the pointer becomes a dot, thenbegin drawing.
To draw or write on a slide in PowerPoint 4.0, click the FreehandAnnotation icon (the pencil) in the lower-right corner of the screen,then hold down the mouse button and draw.
The Annotation tool can be turned off permanently by editing thePowerpnt.ini file. Under the Microsoft PowerPoint section, change theline that reads "SlideShowToolBar=1" to "SlideShowToolBar=0" (zero).Save the changes and restart Windows to make the changes take effect.
If you are using ONLY PowerPoint Viewer (Pptview.exe or pptvw16.exe)the annotation continues to appear on a computer if PowerPoint is notinstalled on that computer. In order to turn off the annotationpermanently, you must edit the Powerpnt.ini file as described earlierin this article. In order to have the annotation turned off, you mustcopy the Powerpnt.ini file to the Windows directory on the computer onwhich you run PowerPoint viewer.
Drawing Tool Color in PowerPoint 3.x, 4.x
PowerPoint 3.0 and 4.0 enable you to draw on the screen during anon-screen presentation. The line color of the drawings cannot bechanged.
The line color is determined by the background color of your slide.For lighter backgrounds, the line color is green. For darkerbackgrounds, the line color is yellow.
For more information about using the drawing feature during youron-screen presentations (also called the on-screen-annotator), seeyour PowerPoint manual:
"Microsoft PowerPoint User's Guide," version 4.0 (for Windows or Macintosh), page 168
"Microsoft PowerPoint Handbook," version 3.0 (for Windows or Macintosh), page 484