6 ProPresenter Tips (You Probably Didn’t Know About)

Many of you in our community use ProPresenter on a regular basis, and we thought it would be fun to share 6 hidden ProPresenter Tips and Tricks that you may not have known about just in time for Easter this coming week. As a ProPresenter user myself, I’ve learned a few things that help me save time, make presentations look better and find the pieces of the program I need without having to use a mouse too much. So here are my Top 6 ProPresenter Tips (You may not have known about):



ProPresenter Tip #1: Command Arrow

Using the arrow keys will trigger the next slide, but if you’re holding down the command button and click the arrows, it will trigger the next background! This is extremely helpful if you are trying to have really smooth and perfectly timed out visuals that aren’t exactly at the start of a slide! (like the song Oceans by Hillsong). You can setup a playlist for that song and control the entire program without using your mouse.


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ProPresenter Tip #2: Long[er] Transitions.

Transitions are what make everything look smooth and professional in any well put together presentation, and you may be thinking “I know about transitions” But did you know you could type into the box whatever number you want (for example 60) which would be a minute long transition. Allowing for really creative opportunity to make it feel more like a long play between two visuals than two different looping motion backgrounds.

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ProPresenter Tip #3: Option Button + Backgrounds

When you’re planning out a song and you’ve placed a few motion backgrounds in your song, but in the moment you want to trigger the slide without triggering the background, just hold down the option button when you trigger that slide and it won’t trigger a new background. It will only trigger the slides and not the background element.




ProPresenter Tip #4: Option Button + Editor

Have you ever wanted to make one slide split into two slides before? You would have to duplicate the slide, delete half the text of the first one and the second half of the text on the your new duplicated slide? That’s even confusing to type. Next time use the Option+Enter (or Return) when editing. Simply place your curser at the line you want to split the slide with and hold down the option key and hit Enter (or return). This will move everything from that curser on to a whole new slide with the same formatting.


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ProPresenter Tip #5: Hot Keys

I’ve talked about this before on a few podcasts and calls, but using Hot Keys will allow a more efficient use of the interface and not have to move your mouse nearly as much. Check out this chart for how I use hotkeys to quickly get to any key part of the song without having to think about it.



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ProPresenter Tip #a6: Custom Categories and Group Labels.

You probably know about groups, and labels. But did you know you can customize them? When you do this, every time you use “Chorus” it will always be the same color and save steps in the process of setting up your songs. The consistency will also give you ease when various volunteers or people are working on the same service/event. Also – take a look at custom categories so you can claim certain presentations are from certain worship leaders or this may be an announcement, and this may be a sermon so it’s easier to find and keep organized the songs you’re thinking about.



Luke McElroy

Author Luke McElroy

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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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Mindy says:

    Can’t wait to try some of these!! Thanks!

  • keith says:

    ok…this may be a sin to ask on this site….but what if you are using propresenter on…..wait for it……on a…..(uh oh)….on a pc. Gasp! Are there similar tips? or should I just go ahead and switch to a Mac? 🙂

  • Shirley says:

    Hi we are in the process of switching over from Easy Worship [installed on a windows DELL Alienware laptop] to Pro presenter a Mac system.
    1. How do I copy all the songs from easy worship?
    2. I have installed the trial version and the songs appear in a single line. How do i get the verse together in one slide and chorus on another slide?
    Please help.

    • Shirley, I think we can help. For the first question, I pulled the following from Renewed Visions site:http://support.renewedvision.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/29/0/how-do-i-import-my-song-files-from-another-program

      Exporting from Easy Worship:

      EasyWorship has no simple way to export text built–like in MediaShout, but there is a tool you can get that will do this for you. It’s called “EasySearch” and it integrates into EasyWorship providing a function to export all songs as text.

      As for your second question, can you email me a screen shot of what’s happening? [email protected] Thanks! We’ll get you taken care of

      • Shirley says:

        Tim, I tried that link [http://www.headwest-productions.co.uk/cgi-bin/unicounter.pl?name=EasySearch&cache=0&trackip=4&deliver=http://www.headwest-productions.co.uk/Downloads/EasySearch_setup.exe] but that is giving an error message and I am not able to download the program. This is the message that appears:-

        Internal Server Error

        The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

        Please contact the server administrator at [email protected] to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error.

        More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

        Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

        I’ll mail you the screen shot to the email address you’ve given.

        Thank you so much.

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