iPad as third screen

When presenting I’m using the setup below. The big screen, my laptop and iPad all have an important role.

Duplicate laptop and big screen

project_screenUsing “Windows-Key + P” you can select the setup for one extra screen.

The big screen is a Duplicate of my laptop screen. This way I can see what the audience is seeing right on my laptop. Also my demo’s are on the laptop screen and thus visible on the big screen, no need to type looking over my back.

If this is your complete setup disable the presenter view on the Slide Show tab in powerpoint.

Extend to iPad

screen_resolution_multiple_monitorsI’m using my iPad as a third screen. For this I installed Duet Display. My iPad will show the presenter view as it is configured as Extend my desktop in Windows.

Windows 8.1 lets me configure this setup in the Screen Resolution. Select Monitor 1 or 2 and specify the Duplicate desktop on 1 and 2 option. For monitor 3 (iPad) select Extend desktop.

Prepare for the worst hope for the best

My talk at sdn was my first go with this setup. After some dry runs I knew the correct setup and possible problems. On the video you’ll see somewhere at the end that the screen flickers. I did have a backup plan: use the Duplicate laptop and big screen setup from above. But the setup recovered and all was well again.

Below the setup with an extra monitor in stead of a projector. In the middle the iPad (mini) with the presenter view.
three_monitor_setup
Now you know how I setup during presentations. Be sure to test what works for you and always have a backup plan.

References

Art of Speaking by Scott Hanselman
Duet Display to use an iPad as an external monitor
Powerpoint multi-monitor support

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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