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.
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.
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.
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.
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.