How to Use the Built-in Laser Pointer in PowerPoint

We’ve covered some tips and tricks on creating great PowerPoint slides here, but what about actually delivering the presentation? There are many details to consider, from traditional public speaking techniques to technological elements you can include to engage your audience.

One of those elements is the laser pointer in PowerPoint 2013/2016. During your slideshow, you can easily turn your mouse cursor into a laser pointer graphic permanently or temporarily with just a few easy steps.

To convert your mouse into a laser pointer throughout the entire presentation, once you’re in slide show mode, click the pen icon and select Laser Pointer.

To temporarily convert your mouse into a laser pointer, once you’re in slideshow mode, press and hold your Ctrl key and click the left button of your mouse. As long as you keep your mouse button clicked, your cursor will be a laser pointer.

You can also change the color of the laser pointer:

  1. From the SLIDE SHOW tab, click Set Up Show.
  2. Under Show options, click the drop-down menu next to Laser pointer color and select red, green, or blue.

To record your laser pointer movements while you’re recording your slide show, make sure the Narrations, ink, and laser pointer box is checked when you choose to record from the beginning or the current slide.

For a demonstration of all these tips, check out the video above.

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