In Presenter '09, one way you can make slide notes accessible to your learners is by adding a Notes button to the lower-right corner of your player:

Here’s how to set that up:

  1. For any slide where you want to make supplemental text available, enter the text in PowerPoint's slide notes area. You can access the slide note pane by choosing View from the PowerPoint ribbon and then clicking Notes Page.) You can also apply text formatting to your notes, and Presenter will preserve it in your published presentation.
  2. Now you need to turn on the slide notes feature in your Presenter template. First, from the Articulate menu, select Player Templates.
  3. Click Player Controls.
  4. Mark Show slide notes button at bottom.
  5. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

When you preview or publish your presentation, your player controls will include the notes button.

Activating the Notes Button Automatically

If you want, you can even make the notes text pop up automatically at the start of your presentation, without the user having to click the button. Here's how to do that:

  1. Go back to the player controls on your template by clicking Player Templates, then Player Controls.
  2. Mark Open slide notes when presentation starts.
  3. Click Close and, when prompted, save the changes you made to your player template.

Now when you publish, the notes panel will open up automatically. Users can close it any time they want.

What If I Want to Put Info Other Than a Narration Transcript in My Slide Notes? 

That's totally fine! You can enter anything you want in the PowerPoint slide notes pane—it doesn't have to be a narration transcript. For example, if you're guiding users through some trivia questions, you might want to use the notes panel to pop up a hint.

In a case like that, you'd probably want to change the label on the notes button to something like "Hint." You can do that by following the instructions below.

I Want the Button to Say Something Other Than "Notes." How Do I Do That?

  1. From the Articulate menu, select Player Templates.
  2. Click the Text Labels tab.
  3. Find item 7. Unless you’ve changed it from the default, it'll say “Notes Tab.” Change it to whatever you like by typing in the Custom Text field.
  4. Click Close and save the changes you made to your player template. The notes button will appear with the new label next time you publish.

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