Take Control of Keynote
Take Control of Keynote


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Take Control of Keynote

Last updated on 2015-08-14

About the Book

Need to give a presentation, but worried about how you’ll do? Steve Jobs relied on Keynote for his famous keynote presentations, and while using Keynote won’t guarantee Jobs-level success, Joe Kissell’s advice in Take Control of Keynote will get you closer.

Drawing on years of speaking experience, Joe suggests you start by figuring out what you want to say — and he explains exactly how to accomplish this task, even though you won’t do it in Keynote. He then helps you work in Keynote with the right theme, and explains how to create slides by filling in placeholders, adding objects (images, movies, sounds, tables, and charts), and inserting and styling text. You’ll also learn how to add build effects to slides and transitions between slides, as well as how to make self-playing presentations designed for kiosks, and presentations with recorded narration or a soundtrack.

Finally, Joe offers real-world advice about delivering presentations, including tips on what to bring, making presenter notes and customizing the presenter display, setting up your display, and controlling your presentation.

The bulk of the book documents Keynote for the Mac, but an appendix explains what’s similar and different about Keynote for iOS and Keynote for iCloud.

You’ll learn how to use the features that go into making a great slide deck:

  • Making master slides with carefully positioned placeholders
  • Adjusting the slide order
  • Viewing more than one slide at once
  • Using all the fancy layout features to position objects on a slide
  • Applying cool visual effects to photos, such as masking and Instant Alpha
  • Sorting out builds gone wild with the Build Order palette
  • Hiding particular slides from an audience without deleting them
  • Taking control of text boxes and Keynote’s many text styling options
  • Creating a presentation that requires clicks in specific places to advance
  • Commenting on slides while collaborating on your presentation

Additional advice helps you prep for a successful delivery and avoid technical glitches:

  • What to consider in advance, with respect to the screen(s) you’ll be using
  • Practicing the mechanics of delivering from Keynote
  • Viewing presenter notes while you speak
  • Playing a sound or movie from a slide during your presentation
  • Evaluating the many options for remote control instead of a mouse or trackpad
  • Packing your bag with the right set of cables and gadgets
  • Setting up once you’re at the speaking venue

You’ll find even more assistance with answers to questions like:

  • Should I store my presentation on iCloud Drive?
  • What are my options if I want to print my presentation?
  • What’s the best way to turn my slide deck into a PDF?

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Basics
  • Introduction
  • Keynote Quick Start
  • Learn Keynote Basics
    • Views
    • Toolbar
    • Inspectors
    • Master Slides and Themes
    • Objects
  • Plan Your Presentation
    • Use the Right Format for the Job
    • Handouts of Live Presentations
    • Figure Out What to Say
    • Toward Simpler Presentations
    • What about Keynote’s Outliner?
    • Decide on a Visual Approach
    • Launch Keynote
  • Create a Presentation
    • Choose a Theme
    • Add Slides
    • About Text Boxes
    • Organize Slides
    • Find and Replace
    • Skip Slides
    • Use Outline View
  • Lay Out a Slide
    • Fill In Placeholders
    • Add More Objects
    • Switch Master Slides or Themes
    • Move or Resize an Object
    • Adjust Alignment
    • Use Rulers and Guides
    • Group, Ungroup, and Lock Objects
    • Use Layers
    • Add Presenter Notes
    • Add Comments
    • Automate Keynote
  • Work with Media Objects
    • Add Media
    • Finding Images
    • Modify Images
    • Work with Movies and Sounds
    • Work with Shapes and Text Boxes
    • Add Links
  • Work with Text
    • Understand Text Formatting Scope
    • Equations in Keynote
    • Modify Text Formatting
    • Fonts and Keynote for iOS
    • Add Text Links
    • Modify Text Layout
  • Add Tables and Charts
    • Add a Table
    • Format a Table
    • Work with Formulas and Calculations
    • Add a Chart
    • Edit Chart Values
    • Adjust Chart Attributes
  • Define and Use Styles
    • Understand How Styles Work
    • Style Hierarchies
    • Use Object Styles
    • Use Text Styles
  • Work with Animation
    • Add Slide Transitions
    • Use Magic Move
    • The No-slide Slideshow
    • Animate Objects with Build Effects
    • Animation Inspiration
  • Customize a Theme
    • Modify Master Slides
    • Reapply Master Slides
    • Save a Custom Theme
    • Third-party Keynote Themes
  • Deliver a Live Presentation
    • Customize the Presenter Display
    • Mirrored Displays and Demos Outside Keynote
    • Rehearse a Presentation
    • Set Up Your Display(s)
    • Give a Live Presentation
    • The Presenter’s Emergency Kit
    • Use an Apple Watch as a Remote Control
    • Give a Remote Keynote Presentation
  • Create a Canned Presentation
    • Create a Links-only Presentation
    • Create a Self-playing Presentation
    • Record a Slideshow with Narration
    • Saving a Recorded Slideshow
    • Add a Soundtrack
  • Manage Document Details
    • Choose Local or iCloud Storage
    • Set a Password
    • Share a Presentation
    • Print a Presentation
    • Export a Presentation
  • Appendix A: iOS and Web Versions of Keynote
    • Keynote for iOS
    • Where to Find Stuff
    • Keynote for iCloud
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
    • More Take Control Books
  • Copyright and Fine Print

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