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How to Use Keynote with the Virtual Teleprompter

Updated: Feb 10

A Step-by-Step Guide for Confident Keynote Presentations with a teleprompter

If you're a frequent presenter or a public speaker, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to deliver a speech without missing a beat. Even if you've rehearsed your presentation multiple times, there's always the possibility of stumbling over your words, losing your place, or forgetting a critical point.

That's where Virtual Teleprompter comes in. With its intuitive and user-friendly interface, this application can help you stay on track and maintain eye contact with your audience while delivering your presentation. And the best part? You can use it in conjunction with Keynote, the popular presentation app from Apple, to create a seamless and polished presentation.

In this how-to guide, we'll show you step-by-step how to use Virtual Teleprompter with Keynote, from setting up your teleprompter to syncing it with your presentation. By the end of this article, you'll be ready to take your presentations to the next level with Virtual Teleprompter and Keynote. Let's get started!


1. A Mac computer with Keynote installed

2. Download the Virtual Teleprompter app from the Mac app store

This guide assumes you have basic knowledge on how to use the Virtual Teleprompter app. If you need detailed instructions for the Virtual Teleprompter, please refer to this guide

Setting up Keynote on Mac:

1. Launch the Keynote app and open your desired presentation.

2. Before you start your presentation in Keynote, you need to set the presentation mode to Play > In Window. Playing in a window allows you to access other information and apps on your Mac during a presentation. To choose this option, choose Play > In Window from the menu bar.

macOS expand to full screen button

It is important to note that the Play > In Full Screen option will hide all other apps on your Mac which is what you don't want. Do not select the fullscreen option and this also applies to the green full screen icon.

Keynote settings on Mac

3. To start your presentation in Keynote, choose Play > Play Slideshow, then adjust the presentation window to the desired size by dragging the edges.

Keynote settings on Mac

4. After you have resized the Keynote presentation in step 3, you can launch the Virtual Teleprompter app and place it on top of Keynote. Position the teleprompter so you have a nice transparent overlay. Take some time to run through the presentation and fine-tune the font size, color and transparency.

Keynote being used with the virtual teleprompter

Setting up sharing for online meetings

5. Continue reading if you intend on presenting your Keynote presentation into an online meeting or webinar such as Zoom, Webex, Teams etc. It is important to use the correct sharing options. Below is an example of sharing Keynote into Zoom but Webex and other meeting platforms are much the same. Do not share the Desktop or entire screen - only share the Keynote application itself to ensure that any other content on screen remains hidden from the attendees.

Because we have shared the Keynote application directly, it will appear full screen on the attendee side even though it may not be fullscreen on your computer.

Keynote being used with the virtual teleprompter

6. Once you start the sharing, you can preview what is being shared to attendees for your own piece of mind. Expand the preview tile to see what your attendees are viewing.

Keynote being used with the virtual teleprompter

7. The end result allows you to share Keynote with the Virtual Teleprompter overlay ontop.

teleprompter for keynote

8. The attendees will see a full screen of the keynote application and the presenters video in the top right corner.

keynote teleprompter

Some tips for setting up your laptop, webcam and Virtual Teleprompter:

  1. Position the webcam at eye level: To ensure that you're looking directly at the camera and making eye contact with your audience, position the webcam at eye level or slightly above it. Avoid looking down or up at the camera, as this can make you appear less engaged with your audience.

  2. Position the teleprompter application over the meeting window so you have a nice transparent overlay. Be careful not to place the teleprompter on top of the meeting controls so you can easily access the mute button, webcam on/off button, screenshare etc.

  3. Adjust the teleprompter speed: If you find yourself looking away from the camera frequently, it may be because the teleprompter speed is too slow or too fast. Adjust the speed to a comfortable pace that allows you to maintain eye contact with the camera while still reading your script.

  4. You can adjust the font size, font color, transparency and also adjust several advanced features for right to left languages.

  5. Use body language: Even when using Virtual Teleprompter, it's important to use body language to engage with your audience. Use hand gestures, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues to convey your message and keep your audience engaged.

  6. Practice, practice, practice: Like any skill, maintaining eye contact with a camera while using Virtual Teleprompter takes practice. Spend time rehearsing your presentation and getting comfortable with the teleprompter, so you can deliver your presentation with confidence and ease.

In conclusion, Keynote is a powerful tool that can help you deliver engaging and impactful presentations. When used in conjunction with the Virtual Teleprompter, it can help you maintain eye contact with your audience, reduce stress and anxiety, and create a polished and professional presentation. By following the tips and best practices outlined in this article, you can enhance your presentation skills and deliver a presentation that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. So why not give the Virtual Teleprompter a try today and take your presentations to the next level?

For further instructions please refer to the instructions blog.

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