How do I use presentation mode to present notes?

Available on Windows Desktop; Mac; iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Presentation mode is the best way to show off your thoughts in a beautiful and simple way. Collect everything into one or more Evernote notes and select one button to start presenting. Presentation mode is useful for presenting your notes, whether your audience is a large group viewing a large screen or a small team gathered around your laptop.

Presentation mode is an Evernote Premium and Evernote Business feature, but all new users get a 30-day free trial.

Present everything quickly

To start presenting your notes, select the presentation mode (projection screen) button at the top of the note your viewing or editing, and simply scroll up and and down through the entire note. 

Present notes on desktop clients

Works with all your notes

Presentation mode works with any of your existing notes and doesn't require you to spend extra time or effort in preparing your content.

Presentation mode button

With one click, or tap, of a button, presentation mode expands your note to the dimensions of your monitor so that everyone in a group can clearly see the details of your note, whether it's text, images, or attached PDF or MS Office files.


Use the layout editor to customize your presentation

Layout editor available on Mac

Present notes on desktop clients



By default, Evernote will present your note as one long, scrollable note on the screen. If you want more control over how you want a note is displayed, you can divide up a long note into smaller sections. You have the option of displaying this note in smaller sections, a screen at a time.


Access the presentation layout editor

In presentation mode, select Presentation Layout at the top right corner to slide the layout editor tray out.

Present notes on desktop clients


Present notes on desktop clients

Layout editor elements:


Display your note as multiple screens

You may, for example, want to start your presentation with just the note title on the screen, followed by a list of topics or agenda items on the next screen.


Screenshot of layout editor options

Three ways to customize your presentation:


How to divide your presentation into multiple screens:


Note: You can insert line breaks before and after content which Evernote considers as one unit and can't break up into separate sections. Examples of content that must be displayed in the same section and not divided up in any way are sentences, paragraphs, bulleted or numbered lists, images, and PDF or MS Office file previews. 


Different ways to present

Navigate using keyboard controls


Use the on-screen tools during presentations

Presentation tools

Use the laser pointer feature

In presentation mode, your mouse becomes a laser pointer with a bright trail so you can call attention to parts of your note. Click on the laser pointer button (a circle with currently selected color), or press Ctrl + P, at the top-right of the screen to change pointer (cursor) colors.


Choose between Night and Day modes 

Night mode displays presentations as light text on a dark background. Day mode displays presentations in the default (dark text on light background) mode. Switch between day and night modes (by selecting the button that toggles between a sun and moon icon) to change how your presentation is displayed.  


More options

Screenshot with preview of attached or linked media

Open attached and linked media

Previews of attached PDFs are displayed in presentation mode. Click on a PDF during your presentation to open a full-screen preview on a native PDF viewer you have installed.

On Evernote for Mac, you can preview any picture, link, or MS Office attachment. During your presentation and click on it for a full-screen preview. Use arrow keys to quickly switch between attachments like a slideshow.

Create a 'Table of Contents' section to present multiple notes

When you click to follow a note link during presentation mode, your presentation will move to the new note. Press the right arrow to return to the original note. This makes it easy to use one note to guide your presentation, such as a 'Table of Contents' or 'Agenda' note with lots of links.


More about creating a 'Table of Contents' note

Share presentations on a secondary monitor

Present notes on desktop clients

There may be instances, such as when presenting to a large group, when you'll want to share presentations on a secondary monitor, or project them onto a larger screen.

On Windows or Mac: Set up your secondary monitor from the Control Panel (Windows Desktop) or System Preferences (Mac). On Evernote for Mac, you can even edit a note on your laptop screen while presenting it on a large screen. To do this, simply disable screen "mirroring" before you start presentation mode. Select the 'Change Screen' (Ctrl + S) button while in presentation mode to select which monitor to display your notes on.

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch: Use AirPlay to present to a second screen right from your device.