ProPresenter Tips

ProPresenter is a very powerful program, and one that I use on a regular basis. Today I wanted to share a few hidden tips and tricks of the ProPresenter interface to help you edit slides more quickly, operate the program in a more powerful way and inevitably save time! So here are my hidden tips and tricks of ProPresenter:

 

Use Command-Arrow to Change Media

We all know that you can hit the next arrow on your keyboard to change the slides. However you may want to trigger the next background in your media bin with the click of a button as well. Of course you could move your mouse, but what if you can trigger the next motion background without touching your mouse? You can… it’s called Command+Arrow. So all you have to do it hold the command key (used to be the apple key) and trigger the next arrow. This will begin a transition to the background that is next in your media bin.

 

Infinite Transition Control

The best way to make your ProPresenter presentations look a lot better is to make sure your transitions are smooth and the right time. In a slow song, we’ll want slower transitions. The problem with using the slider in the transitions area is that the longest transition is 5 seconds. Well a tip or trip you may not have known is that you can type in whatever number you want. There is literally no limit.

 

Option Button & Backgrounds

Most people I know who operate ProPresenter, put in the backgrounds they want for slides before they start their service. For example, You have a background placed on the first slide of the verse, chorus, etc. However, did you know you can trigger a slide without the background attached to it? SImply hold down the option key and you’ll notice the backgrounds that are pre-assigned to a specific slide, will disappear. When you hold option and select a slide you’ll see that the text on the slide will still trigger but the background won’t.

 

Option Button in Slide Editor

Ever had a slide where you just have too much text on it? It would be really nice if you could split the slide in two without having to select the second half of the text, copy it, create a new slide, create a text box, and paste it in. That’s just too many keystrokes for me. So next time you want to split a slide, use my secret technique of Option+Enter. Simply place your cursor right before the text you want to move to the next slide and hold down the option key when you press enter or return on the keyboard. This will move everything after your cursor to the next slide and all those other steps will be automated!

 

When you use these sorts of keystrokes and hidden techniques more and more, you’ll find yourself becoming a power user of ProPresenter. My hope is that you’re able to know the tool really well that you don’t have to waste time with how to use the tool, but instead how can you use the tool as efficiently as possible to accomplish what you want. The better you understand the tool you are using to make art, the more you can focus on the art instead of the technique.

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Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013, Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful worship environments for thousands of Church communities throughout the entire world. He currently lives in Nashville, TN and regularly writes about creativity, leadership and faith at LukeMcElroy.com

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ProPresenter Tips

ProPresenter is a very powerful program, and one that I use on a regular basis. Today I wanted to share a few hidden tips and tricks of the ProPresenter interface to help you edit slides more quickly, operate the program in a more powerful way and inevitably save time! So here are my hidden tips and tricks of ProPresenter:

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