When organising a pc for use with presentation software program resembling ProPresenter, MediaShout, EasyWorship, Proclaim, Powerpoint, and so forth.), there are a variety of minor tweaks you may make that can make a significant distinction within the high quality of your manufacturing. Try the video walkthrough under, or preserve studying to see the tweaks you’ll want to make for the very best presentation setup.
We’re going to stroll by just a few totally different sections of the System Preferences window and discuss why you’ll want to change a few of these default settings.
Desktop & Display Saver Pane
Set Desktop Background to Black
Generally presentation software program crashes. When that crash occurs, a daily desktop wallpaper will sign to your viewers that one thing has positively gone unsuitable. Nevertheless, in case your background is strong black, a crash shall be much less noticeable to your viewers.
Disable Display Saver
You by no means need your display screen saver to point out on a presentation laptop. Set your Display Saver settings to “Begin After: By no means” to ensure you by no means by chance have a display screen saver in your presentation display screen.
Disable Scorching Corners
In a a number of monitor setup, presentation operators generally lose observe of the place the mouse is. The pure response is to wiggle the mouse wildly in an effort to discover it. When you’ve got scorching corners lively, there’s a superb likelihood that the mouse will hit a type of corners and trigger an unintended consequence, resembling placing the show to sleep.
Disable Dock Magnification
Most presentation software program has just a few buttons or controls on the backside of the window. If Dock Magnification is on, the dock tends to get in the best way as you’re attempting to navigate these controls. Uncheck the “Magnification” field to forestall this situation.
Safety and Privateness Pane
Disable Require Password From Display Saver
Although we’ve disabled our screensaver, we need to be certain the pc doesn’t require a password when waking up from a display screen saver or from sleep. Within the Basic tab of the Safety & Privateness pane, uncheck the “Require Password after sleep or display screen saver begins” field.
Enable Apps Downloaded from Recognized Builders
Generally you want an app that isn’t out there within the App Retailer. Ensure that to permit apps downloaded from “App Retailer and recognized builders” on the backside of the Basic tab of the Safety & Privateness pane.
You by no means need notifications (particularly notification sounds) on a presentation laptop. There are two methods to go about disabling them. The quickest strategy to disable them is to allow the “Do Not Disturb” choice within the Notifications pane. Choose the “Do Not Disturb” tab within the sidebar, then activate Do Not Disturb from 12:00AM to 11:59PM. This may make sure you by no means see or hear any notifications throughout a presentation.
Power Saving Pane
Disable Show Sleep
Much like your display screen saver, we by no means need a presentation show to fall asleep throughout a presentation. I wish to set this feature to “Flip off show after: three hours,” in case I overlook to close a pc down after a presentation. It’s uncommon that you can be in a presentation state of affairs the place the pc will stay inactive for three hours. In case you’re on a laptop computer, be certain to set this feature in each the “Battery” tab and the “Energy Adapter” tab.
Enhance Mouse Monitoring Velocity
The default mouse monitoring pace is a bit of sluggish. Irrespective of the dimensions of your work floor, you need to have the ability to attain each nook of your desktop with out selecting up your mouse. This comes down to non-public desire, however 2 notches away from most pace is advisable.
Allow Proper Clicking (if desired)
In case you’re utilizing an Apple mouse, be certain to allow proper clicking on the precise aspect of the mouse if that’s the case desired. A neater choice is to make use of a two button mouse so that you just by no means by chance click on the unsuitable aspect of the mouse
Disable Third Mouse Button (Wired Apple Mouse Solely)
The wired Apple mouse has two buttons on the aspect that may function a 3rd mouse button if squeezed. Inexperienced operators have a tendency to have interaction this button accidentally, so it’s greatest to simply disable it.
Trackpad Pane (Laptop computer Solely)
Enhance Trackpad Velocity
Much like growing the mouse monitoring pace, we need to improve the monitoring pace of the laptop computer trackpad. Discover a pace that allows you to simply attain each part of the display screen.
Disable Person Interface Sound Results
Generally you’ll want to transfer information within the background throughout a presentation. Ensure that to uncheck the “Play consumer interface sound results” field within the sound pane in order that the pc doesn’t make any sounds when you’re working within the background.
Disable Play Suggestions When Quantity is Modified
Apple computer systems make a small “pop” sound when altering the amount. Ensure that to uncheck the field that claims “Play suggestions when quantity is modified” in case you’ll want to modify your laptop quantity throughout a presentation.
App Retailer Pane
Disable Automated MacOS Updates
It’s greatest to be sure that your presentation software program is appropriate with the most recent macOS earlier than updating. Uncheck the “Set up macOS updates” field within the App Retailer pane to ensure your laptop doesn’t replace itself and trigger compatibility points.
Disable Auto Replace & Restart (Home windows Solely)
Home windows computer systems will mechanically replace and restart themselves, it doesn’t matter what the consumer is doing. Ensure that to disable this feature when utilizing a PC in order that your laptop doesn’t restart in the midst of a presentation.
Now that we’re finished within the System Preferences window, we have to make just a few easy tweaks to Finder.
Take away Unused Apps from the Dock
There are a variety of default apps within the dock that can by no means be used on a presentation laptop. Take away the entire apps you gained’t be utilizing on this laptop (Mail, Launchpad, Calendar, FaceTime, and so forth.).
You by no means need to obtain a FaceTime name throughout a presentation. Ensure that to launch the FaceTime app and disable FaceTime (Keyboard shortcut: Command-Okay).
Present Arduous Disks on Desktop
Go into Finder preferences, and within the Basic tab, test the “Arduous disks”, “Exterior Disks,” and “CDs, DVDs, and iPods” containers beneath “Present these things on the desktop.” This may make it simpler to get to your information rapidly.
New Finder Home windows Present Desktop
When including information to a presentation final minute, most individuals add the information to the desktop. On the backside fo the overall tab, set “New Finder home windows present” to “Desktop.”
Take away Unused Sidebar Icons
Within the Sidebar tab of Finder Preferences, uncheck the containers of folders that you just don’t must see within the sidebar.
Add Functions Folder to Dock
Now that we have now the Arduous Drive exhibiting on the desktop, double click on your onerous drive icon and drag your Functions folder into the dock. That is offers you faster entry to any apps you might must launch throughout a presentation.
Present Filename Extensions
Within the Superior tab of Finder Preferences, test the “Present all filename extensions” field. Within the occasion that a number of file varieties have related file names, this can assist make sure you’re grabbing the proper file when dropping it right into a presentation.
In occasions with massive crowds, individuals are likely to airdrop information to others close by (both by mistake or as a joke). Open a brand new Finder window and click on the “Airdrop” tab within the sidebar. Change the choice on the backside of the window to “Enable me to be found by: No One” in an effort to stop receiving an unwarranted Airdrop in the midst of a presentation.
Set Desktop to “Type by: Snap To Grid”
Including objects to a presentation final minute can rapidly make the desktop messy. Proper click on on the desktop and choose “Present View Choices.” On the backside of the View Choices pane, select “Type By: Snap to Grid.” This may make sure you don’t have information sitting on high of each other, guaranteeing you have got fast entry to something you might want.
Written by Chess Hoyle, Producer/Designer at Forest Hill Church
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